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Being the Ricardos

6.52 h 12 min2021X-RayHDRUHD15
During one production week of “I Love Lucy” — from Monday table read through Friday audience taping — Lucille Ball (Nicole Kidman) and Desi Arnaz (Javier Bardem) face a series of personal and professional crises that threaten their show, their careers and their marriage, in writer-director Aaron Sorkin’s behind-the-scenes drama.
Aaron Sorkin
Nicole KidmanJavier BardemJ.K. Simmons
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Nina AriandaAlia ShawkatTony Hale
Todd BlackJason BlumenthalSteve Tisch
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3.5 out of 5 stars

102 global ratings

  1. 43% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 8% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 18% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 17% of reviews have 1 stars
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Nick L.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Great Movie
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I read some of the 1 or 2 star reviews and just wonder sometimes whether attention spans are dropping or some are written maliciously. This is a fun romp and a beautifully crafted piece of cinema which depicts the weekly treadmill of staging a comedy in the fifties against the backdrop of McCarthyism. I was never a fan of the programme, but this shows the obstacles and attitudes they were up against, plus, part of the charm is seeing a production take shape and the key roles of the major players. Nicole Kidman is absolutely incredible as Ball, and has the voice down to a tee. Against the personal and public struggles she was going through, I hope people also take a second to realise that Desilu were the production company that backed Gene Roddenberry and put up the cash for the first Star Trek series.
23 people found this helpful
oddvonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Aaron Sorkin has made something AMAIZING here that I didn't think was possible
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Whilst I get it that todays generation may not understand the relevance of this history ..and find this lame in some way...and whilst I get it that it would take a 5 series box set to spell out to the unaware the relevance of each milestone in the journeys of all involved to Tv as we know it today...Aaron Sorkin has made something AMAIZING here that I didn't think was possible.He’s captured the pulse of every person shown in the film to be involved in the making of the I love Lucy show.Its a glimpse but its powerful
Lucille was not Lucy … Lucille was so much more…. They all were. The full story is so much more….. Kidman Bardem Arianda Simmons Shawkat and Hale … just amaizing… but esp Kidman and Bardham thank you Amazon and everyone who worked or backed this.
13 people found this helpful
Suzanne KellyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I Loved Lucy; the team behind this unfortunately didn't
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Yes, I guess this was a warts and all portrayal of a strong woman. Sorry though, she never seemed happy, the vibrancy and genius didn't come through. The major focus seemed to be on how hard and uncompromising she was; she needed to be. Some mention of her being the champion of Star Trek would have been good for instance; if that happened and I missed it, it could have been because the film is overly long. I like Kidman in general; my criticisms are with the direction, editing, writing.

As an aside, elsewhere in the reviews is a misogynist attack on ms Kidman's physicality; it's sexist, unfair and doesn't actually belong here. Whoever wrote it has no clue, talking about her 'boyish legs' etc. I'd quite like it if Amazon could get rid of the comments that add nothing but misogyny.
8 people found this helpful
Tino MclarenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Clever take & a smart script
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The beginning 20 mins set you in 'front' of the stage, you can feel whats its like to be part of that era, live cuban music and 50's hollywood acting. However the movies moves swiftly on and you get to see 'behind' the stage, this is interesting and the acting is amazing, Nicole Kidman plays the role really well, this must have taken some study as her attention to detail is spot on, I was totally convinced and honestly, I haven't seen her do anything like this before. Desi (her husband) is portrayed larger than life and a really great performance. I'm not a fan of 50's Hollywood, but this is a really clever story with such a great script. The phone call was a top moment and if that really happened then cudos to Desi! Fascinating, nostalgic and entertaining.
7 people found this helpful
F A.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 December 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good to pass the time
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I like the way the film is made and how the story is told. I am a big Lucille Ball fan and I did not know most of those things about her, like how she was accused of being a communist in the middle of her show. But....

The casting of the two main actors is not convincing:

Nicole Kidman seems to have received the Scorsese CGI face treatment of De Niro, Pesci and Pacino in The Irishman but Scorsese needed to do that because he needed the actors to represent the characters over a long period of time. This film is about Lucille Ball in her younger years.

Javier Bardem was chosen because he is a famous Spanish speaking actor. The reality is that Desi Arnaz was far better looking than him, hence the way he got Lucille Ball and was a womaniser. Besides, I do not know what Cubans think but I think Bardem's accent is over the top and it sounds rather fake.

The film fails to mention that Desi Arnaz's character in the show was Mexican because they thought that the audience (or the sponsors) would not accept a character from communist Cuba. It was risque at that time.
3 people found this helpful
Robert CooganReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting account mostly based on fact
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Three events that jeapordised the Lucy Show are condensed into one week for dramatic purposes.

The events themselves are however true, as are most of the characters depicted,

Kidman and Bardeen are great in their roles as Lucy and Ricky.

Both inhabit the roles and portray them convincingly.

As a woman and a Latino, Lucy and Desi are used to people underestimating then and trying to push them around, and they
push back against the HUAC.

In actuality Arnaz gave an impassioned speech to the studio audience as part of the warm up which is omitted from the film, instead with a fictionalised telephone call which is actually anti-climactic in comparison.

All in all an interesting account which serves to humanise these iconic individuals, although even more could have been done.
7 people found this helpful
rolloReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
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If you want to waste two hours of your life watching a pointless and boring film, this is the movie for you. It does, however, have several novelty wigs and the god-awful accent Nicole Kidman is famous for, if you’re into that kind of thing. I wish I could get the time back I wasted on this.
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RevFeitalReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Extremely poor
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Right, I've written reviews for some blockbusters professionally (that's not a brag). I'm writing here because I love Lucy, I grew up watching her shows, I've read her biographies - plus I am a huge fan of Nicole.
This film is a cross between documentary / film - it simply doesn't work. It is extremely poor.

Her contribution to comedy and being a woman is America is so undermined and the historical relevance of the obstacles that she has faced is lost here. The direction and the script is confusing as the narrative isn't tight. It is such a shame, it doesn't work.

The cast is brilliant. I know that there was a push back about Nicole being cast to play Lucy ( Nicole is a versatile actress, funny and brilliant), although she is great here there is is much more that she could have given if the direction has given her more!

Still, the iconic scene of Lucy in Italy pressing wine is one of the best moment of comedy ever!
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