1hr 58mins
Directed by
Rupert Goold
Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock

The legend behind the rainbow.

Winter 1968: Showbiz legend Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger) arrives in Swinging London to perform in a sell-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she shot to global stardom in The Wizard of Oz, but if her voice has weakened, its dramatic intensity has only grown.

As she prepares for the show, battles with management, charms musicians, and reminisces with friends and adoring fans, her wit and warmth shine through. Even her dreams of romance seem undimmed as she embarks on a courtship with Mickey Deans (Finn Wittrock), her soon-to-be fifth husband.

And yet Judy is fragile. After working for 45 of her 47 years, she is exhausted; haunted by memories of a childhood lost to Hollywood; gripped by a desire to be back home with her kids. Will she have the strength to go on?

Featuring some of her best-known songs, including the timeless classic ‘Over the Rainbow’, Judy celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer”.

Review Text

Renée Zellweger performs miracles playing Judy Garland: singing her heart out, baring her bruised soul and acting with a ferocity that ultimately rises to a state of grace.

Review Author
Peter Travers
Review Publication
Rolling Stone
Review Text

Zellweger does her own singing in Judy, and she gets as close to that uncontainable voice and the ache at its center as any human who’s not Judy Garland might reasonably come.

Review Author
Ty Burr
Review Publication
Boston Globe
Review Text

Zellweger paints shadows of nuance into her portrayal of a performer who invites easy caricature. And she sings, too.

Review Author
Stephanie Zacharek
Review Publication
TIME Magazine