By Matt Singer | Criticwire May 21, 2013 at 10:26AM
The Cannes Review Report rounds up each day's notable premieres, along with a sampling of their reviews and tweets from the south of France. Here's the reaction to "Behind the Candelabra," the latest -- and last? -- film from director Steven Soderbergh.
"Behind the Candelabra"
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd
Synopsis: "Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and offstage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair."
"A generally enjoyable film, even if far too much time is spent on domestic melodrama."
"A story that's surprisingly dark at times, just as it is emotionally rewarding, entertaining and even humorous."
"The film is mesmeric, riskily incorrect, outrageously watchable and simply outrageous."
"It's both a romp and uncomfortably real."
"This is luxury cinema in the lucid Soderberghian style."
"The star power of Michael Douglas and Matt Damon will draw masses to performances unlike any in their careers."
"Penetrates its glitter and glam for a personal story of love, and love lost, that is as touching as it is disturbing."
"Hilarious and heartrending."
"While this is certainly a higher class of cinematic biography, it still just does its job of hitting all the cosy beats we expect in this type of material."
"A biopic that bristles with life at the edges, luxuriating in the excesses of its personalities and production design alike."
"A wonderfully entertaining and revealing look at Liberace's final decade."
"If this is indeed Soderbergh's final film he's going out on an absolute high."
"If 'Behind the Candelabra' is [Soderbergh's] final film, it's a winner, easily among the best of his 26 features."
"Depicts a romance that's sincere and also a sham, that's tawdry but also expressly poignant, and that finds an sharp, bittersweet sense of reconciliation at the end that gives way to a celebration."
"#Cannes2013 Soderbergh's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA has great perfs by Douglas and Damon and succeeds in being funny, moving and insightful"
"Behind the Candlebra is standard fare for a biopic. Solid performances highlight Liberace's flamboyant lifestyle, not much else #cannes2013"
"BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (B/B+): Ascents and downfalls and the small personal moments that define them both. Hypnotically sad. #Cannes2013"
"Any fest needs a jolt of laughs & tenderness at its midpoint. That's what BEHIND THE CANDELABRA offers #Cannes2013 #soderbergh"
"Soderbergh's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA an alternately sweet and sad love story. Pencil in Douglas for the Emmy."
"Behind the Candelabra is bold, nutty, sad. Douglas is great but Damon kills. The pinky rings are epic. Rob Lowe looks like mom in 'Brazil.'"
"Behind the Candelabra is tamer than expected. Soderbergh in Erin Brokovich mode. Which is OK! Douglas and Damon are that good. #cannes2013"
"BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, Soderbergh's Liberace biopic w Michael Douglas & Matt Damon, well-received at #Cannes2013. Press conf. tweets tk."