Mr. Turner

Docudrama | English | 150 minutes


The film covers the last quarter-century of the life of British painter J.M.W. Turner. Turner travels widely with  contrasting experiences like visiting a brothel while mingling with aristocrats. He is also daring. On one occasion he strapped himself to the mast of a ship so he could better paint a snowstorm. He is both adored and reviled by the public and royalty. Profoundly shaken  by the death of his father, he finds comfort with his housekeeper, Hannah Danby and develops a loving relationship with his landlady, Sophia Booth. But his passion is painting magnificent landscapes that  currently grace some of the most eminent museums of the world.  

Timothy Spall (J.M.W. Turner) / Dorothy Atkinson (Hannah Danby) / Marion Bailey (Sophia Booth)
Why Stream This Film?

By the end your understanding of Turner’s life and his brilliant landscapes will be deepened. And this makes the film worth watching. 

  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 97%
  • Metacritic Score: 94
  • Cannes Film Festival: Winner, Best Actor (Timothy Spall); Best Cinematographer (Dick Pope)
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards: Winner, Best  Film of the Year;  Best Actor (Timothy Spall)
  • National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Independent Films
  • National Society  Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Timothy Spall); Listed, Top Films of the Year  
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Timothy Spall); Listed, Top Films of the Year
MR. TURNER understands creative people on every conceivable level, and translates that understanding with a deftness rarely seen outside of astute documentaries about creative people.
Matt Zoller Seitz

MR. TURNER is a mighty work of critical imagination, a loving, unsentimental portrait of a rare creative soul.”

The New York Times

The sumptuous film, based on Cuarón’s own childhood, reverberates not only with innocence but with the awful intuition of its collapse.
Anthony Lane

The New Yorker

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