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If the storytelling technique is a little prosaic, the subject matter is more than sufficiently engrossing.
Its a reminder that, even for world famous icons, its pointless to reduce people to a single piece of notoriety.
"But that doesnt take away from Kidmans impactful performance, worthy of Supporting Actress nominations."
"Bombshell doesnt fare much better on the Fox News side of things."
This moving, surprising documentary offers a tale of Hollywood pigeonholing that feels particularly timely.
A timely and emotional documentary on the former 40s and 50s Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr.
Night Comes On: Philadelphia is the setting for a moving story of sisterly love Night Comes On: Philadelphia is the setting for a moving story of sist ..
Film maker Alexandra Dean explores a fascinating life full of contradictions.
Her tragedy was that she was in the wrong business, precisely that business that promotes beauty over brains the movie business.
Bombshell is essentially a formulaic biopic in documentary garbs.
At times it feels like the film isnt digging as deep as it might.
Dean is fascinated by the highs and lows of this enigmatic womans life.
The Globe And Mail
Everything is in place for a great documentary, and yet Bombshell is only a very good one.
Combust Ible Celluloid
...a great look into the bad and the beautiful of the old Hollywood studio system through her eyes.
Zeitgeist Films The famously beautiful actress Hedy Lamarr set movie screens ablaze in the 1940s and 50s, but what few knew was that her true calling ..
An upbeat look at a starlet who was a lot more than just a pretty some say the prettiest ever face.
Rogers Movie Nation
Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian born actress and star of the 1949 Samson and Delilah, is given the straight faced treatment in a documentary that gambles ev ..
(They put her to work selling war bonds and entertaining troops instead.)
All of this unfolds in a lively narrative linked with voice recordings Lamarr made at age 76.
Shadows On The Wall
Through charming pencil doodle animation, the documentary explains Lamarrs invention as clearly as Ive ever seen it.
"Watch the Bombshell trailer here Unlike The Loudest Voice, Bombshell doesnt really waste any time on dissecting former Fox News chief Roger Ailes ski ..
Any girl can be glamorous, the actress Hedy Lamarr once said.All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.
The New York Times
There is plenty for the film buff to enjoy...There is poignant film of Lamarr in her later years when she became a recluse, and a cheering finish with ..
Hers was an eventful life that makes for an entertaining documentary, though its thesis isnt entirely convincing.
If you were crafting a parable to explain how our culture values women for nothing but our looks and denies our intelligence, you might come up with s ..
She was a favourite with filmmakers and audiences alike for her stunning, sultry European looks but the title of Alexandra Deans fantastic documentary ..
Alexandra Deans Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story begins with an image of an electrical diagram and a voice reminding us that Hedy Lamarr, the Vienna b ..
Bombshell, an absorbing documentary from Alexandra Dean, relates how she caused a global scandal with erotic Czech film Ecstasy, made a daring escape ..
The Hedy Lamarr story reveals a whole new dimension to the Hollywood legend She co starred with Clark Gable and James Stewart and was Delilah to Victo ..
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a film of tragedy and inspiration.
Conclusion: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story should inspire audiences, but it should also anger them and upset them.
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story rights a grievous wrong in the life, career, reputation and memory of a superstar.It fascinates both as film history ..
It would shine a light on how difficult it is for a woman to be taken seriously by men refusing to see past that beauty too.
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The tape of Meekss interview plays throughout Deans documentary like a third act reveal in a studio thriller.
Bombshell suffers from some common complaints of modern documentary too much music; unnecessary, if perfectly decent, animated sequences but it does r ..
The details of her escape from that oppressive union are worthy of a classic spy thriller, and as Bombshell tracks her travels to Tinseltown and film ..
Birth Movies Death
A documentary that follows Lamarrs tumultuous life, tracking a life in which her beauty served to obscure her brains, although her brains persevered.
Bombshell becomes not just a stupendous tribute to Lamarr, but also a tribute to every brilliant woman ignored.
"These contrived elements give the feeling the film cares less about capturing real life characters and their struggles but more about completing some ..
While there are wild flourishes, Lamberg thankfully never embraces the merely quirky.
CLEVELAND, Ohio Bombshell would be a rather ordinary Hollywood bio if not for the fact that besides being a ravishing beauty, the Austrian born actres ..
This, the film asserts, was a loss to the US war effort as well as a tragedy for Lamarr.
The success and scandal of one of cinemas first glamour girls is laid bare in this vivid documentary portrait.
The title is a witty double entendre.Hedy Lamarr born Hedwig Kiesler was indeed a bombshell, if not a conventionally blonde one.
The Arts Desk
Bombshell is undoubtedly an interesting examination of one of Hollywoods most unconventional stars but falls short on originality, instead offering a ..
Witty and wise, hopeful and heartbreaking, this is one of the years very best films.
click to enlarge Hedy Lamarr as packaged by MGM, in Bombshell.If they think of her at all, modern moviegoers most likely link the name Hedy Lamarr wit ..
East Bay Express
Its kind of funny how the discovery of Fleming Meeks interview with Lamarr changed the whole film a whole six months into production.For any film, a d ..
Solzy At The Movies
For the Greatest Generation, the pic will bring back fond memories when artifice in acting was the style and vulgarity was virtually non existent.
Its an incredible story.A beautiful young Jewish woman from Austria moves to LA and becomes world famous for her glamour and charisma.
New States Man
This is the story of one of Hollywoods great beauties, and of the inventor of a radio controlled torpedo whose frequency hopping technology forms the ..
The stark tension between Lamarrs highly valued looks and under valued brains is the subject of Alexandra Deans engrossing documentary, Bombshell: The ..
To be as gorgeous as Lamarr and expect to be noted for your brilliance is a little like having a billion dollars and hoping to be noticed for your per ..
Along with digital video and consumer drones cf. this weeks Leaning into the Wind one of the greatest boons to documentaries over the past decade has ..
This would be an incredible story on its own, but Lamarr was too smart and extraordinary for just that.
Washington City Paper
Film Reviews Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story The spirited, intelligent and resourceful inventor known to the world as Hedy Lamarr gained fame in inte ..
It also pays long overdue tribute to Lamarr for being more than just a flawless beauty.
It was Lamarrs great beauty that made the line mildly plausible, even amid the melodramatic pomposity of a Cecil B. DeMille picture.
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I feel looking at Bombshell simply through the prism of how women were and are treated in Hollywood would be doing Alexandra Dean a disservice.
The Film Experience
The documentary makes its case, but it all seems a little flimsy, and in the grand scheme of things, it probably makes no difference.The fact that her ..
How a legendary beauty devised this groundbreaking concept and never received recognitionlet alone a dimefor it is at the heart of this chronicle.
As a CliffsNotes of what Lamarrs life in Hollywood and contributions to society have been, its not a bad jumping off point.
Brightest Young Things
Its just that beauty tends to be valued more and brains can be threatening.
The documentary Bombshell illuminates Hedy Lamarrs enigmatic legacy with gentle scrutiny and justifiable awe.
It is still a worthy testament to Lamarr as actress and inventor, however, and deserves to be seen.
Hammer To Nail
Bombshell finally gives us the complete picture of this complex woman.It is as eye opening as it is bittersweet.
Newport This Week
Yes, she was the model for Snow White, the inspiration for Cat Woman and the woman of Mel Brooks dreams, but her friend Robert Osborne, in one of his ..
Beta La Times
Slim and sultry, Lamarrthen 35plays the Bibles most infamous vixen with a certain ironic conviction.Its one of her few great performances.
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