Applause Synopsis
A fading burlesque queen (Helen Morgan) shelters her daughter (Joan Peers).
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
In his debut feature, the director is wise enough to move his hand-held camera wherever Steen wants to go.
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By Andrew O'Hehir
Applause may present as gritty European realism, but the struggle inside Thea is almost theological in scale, and worthy of Milton or...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Which ultimately is what Applause is really about: applying the greasepaint of the daily mundane over the scar tissue of a damaged life,...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Applause is a very minor film with a massive performance at its center.
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New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Director and co-writer Martin Pieter Zandvliet draws inspired work from Steen.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
A small movie with modest ambitions, and accordingly, it packs only a modest emotional punch.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
The feature directorial debut of Martin Zandvliet, Applause has moments of flourish and moments that reach towards something as pared down...
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Time Out New York

By David Fear
Her (Steen) emotional acrobatics are reason enough to sit through Applause's parade of pain, though it's a movie to admire rather than...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
The simple but affecting film begins a weeklong award-qualifying run Friday before opening in stateside art houses Jan. 21, and is worth a...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Steen, her face full of remorse, does a great job of portraying someone unclear of where to go or what to say without a script.
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By Glencorse
Quietly depressing film about an alcoholic actress. Having said that, it is one of the most beautifully acted films this year. Paprika Steen is mesmerizing and gives a great performance....


By Moviemogul3
This filmmaker's choice to intercut scenes of Thea on stage as a raging alcoholic Martha in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolfe? with scenes of Thea struggling to remain sober in her real life was both...

No justice.

By WJons
If there was any justice in the world Paprika Steen would have been nominated for an Oscar. Really. It's that good. My wife and I saw it the other day up in LA and have been talking about it ever...

A must-see!

By Mel Vel
A recent foreign film enthusiast, as I tended to shy away from films dominated by subtitles, I had the pleasure of watching this Danish flick last month. My immediate, and now seasoned, reaction? Wow!...

Brilliant character study

By Ladel
This movie is about a charismatic, beautiful, damaged woman, as she attempts to rebuild her life and her family. Paprika Steen is brilliant, showing us all of her desperation, her manic energy, her...

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Rated R | For language