Swan Song (2021) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Swan Song (2021)



Critic Consensus: Udo Kier's layered performance lends Swan Song a nuance and poignancy that offset its potentially outlandish story.

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Legendary actor Udo Kier stars as retired hairdresser Pat Pitsenbarger, who escapes the confines of his small-town Sandusky, Ohio nursing home after learning of his former client's dying wish for him to style her final hairdo. Soon, Pat embarks on an odyssey to confront the ghosts of his past -- and collect the beauty supplies necessary for the job. SWAN SONG is a comical and bittersweet journey about rediscovering one's sparkle, and looking gorgeous while doing so.

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Udo Kier
as Pat Pitsenbarger
Jennifer Coolidge
as Dee Dee Dale
Linda Evans
as Rita Parker Sloan
Tom Bloom
as Mr. Shanrock
Justin Lonesome
as Miss Velma
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Critic Reviews for Swan Song

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (17)

While there's beauty in his encounters, the pacing is almost too quaint, often relying too much on Pat's effervescent charm in Swan Song's meandering script.

August 17, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's quite a film Stephens has made.

August 12, 2021 | Full Review…

It's lovely to see Kier, a workhouse German character actor, in his first leading role in, apparently, 50 years.

August 11, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Udo Kier's best performance.

August 9, 2021 | Full Review…

It's the 76-year-old Kier's tremendous performance that centers the movie.

August 8, 2021 | Full Review…

It's tempting to say this sweet, shaggy film isn't quite worthy of him, but let's not be so hasty. Any film that invites the actor to do this much -- and to do most of it clad in a spearmint-colored women's safari suit -- deserves his good grace.

August 6, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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