Anita Singh in Daily telegram: “It tells a story simply and chronologically.” The subject is Elizabeth Holmes – once America’s youngest self-made female billionaire, due to hype about her company’s blood testing technology, has now been convicted of fraud. The film moves slowly but becomes irresistible.
Amanda Seyfried plays Holmes, the college dropout who has become famous in Silicon Valley, with her “odd eyes,” while the stellar supporting cast includes Stephen Fry and William H. Macy. Somehow, Seyfried manages to hold our hearts together as this complicated woman – “frank yet charming, super focused but chaotic” – becomes increasingly entangled in corruption and lies, Lucy Mangan say in Guardians. It’s an “incredibly ingenious” performance in a show that’s sometimes confusing, but still equally compelling.
Emily Baker says in Paper i, which is the same thing, because the series isn’t. It’s interesting enough, but it’s not as interesting as the Netflix series Invented Anna – about another real-life female scammer – while making the same flaws: Dropout too admiring its subject matter (depicting her as a lone female “business warrior”, battling against boardrooms full of drab men), and it doesn’t quite afford the interrogation of the action. and a woman’s motives not only to deceive investors but also to deceive doctors. and endanger the patient’s life.
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