citrus.’s review published on Letterboxd:
i can only describe the death and life of john f. donavan as larger than life. this is a film that is so vibrant and warm—it’s truly unexplainable.
i didn’t necessarily know what to expect but by the end of my viewing, I just knew this was going to be a film that would leave me constantly thinking about it. this film is painstakingly beautiful; the cast is impeccable especially natalie portman and jacob tremblay. it definitely has its faults but i can overlook it because the direction and the overall look and visuals were amazing. also, the soundtrack—xavier dolan knows great music and he isn’t afraid to show it, and i appreciate it.
this reminded me of one of my favorite novels and i couldn’t unsee it, and maybe that’s the reason why i love it so much but either way, this was simply fantastic - i want to watch it again, i need to watch it again. i can definitely see myself giving this a higher rating in the future but for now, i’m content and i really need to rewatch this.