Despite convincing performances, the film is hampered by its stylistic and moral conventionality.
The austere visual style of the film is but a veneer over the deceptively radical treatment of the musical biopic.
The Thomas Vinterberg film’s sentimentality is suspect, laced with an intriguing but vague strain of bitterness.
It falls back on convenience and contrivance to streamline the thornier specificities of its grand-scale narrative.
It seems as if Susanne Bier set out to create an absurdist comedy, but lost her nerve somewhere along the way.