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Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

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Critic Consensus: Dear Evan Hansen does a fair job of capturing the emotion of its source material, but it's undermined by questionable casting and a story that's hard to swallow.

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The breathtaking, generation-defining Broadway phenomenon becomes a soaring cinematic event as Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt reprises his role as an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.

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Ben Platt
as Evan Hansen
Kaitlyn Dever
as Zoe Murphy
Amandla Stenberg
as Alana Beck
Nik Dodani
as Jared Kalwani
Colton Ryan
as Connor Murphy

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Something has been lost in translation from stage to screen because what's there now does not seem strong enough to have won best musical and best score on Broadway. And at 137 minutes, it does go on.

December 10, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's the cinema equivalent of rubbing cut onions in the eyes of the audience: film-making that is cynically and artificially engineered to make the audience weep.

October 24, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The endless emotional frankness of the lyrics - those who seek the ironic distance of Sondheim need look elsewhere - becomes exhausting all too quickly.

October 22, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film is aggressively needy.

October 22, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film becomes one giant gamble that's quite disastrously failed to pay off.

October 21, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

On all fronts, you wish that Dear Evan Hansen had nothing to do with Evan Hansen.

October 21, 2021 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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