Telluride: ‘Judy’ Delivers a Career-Defining Performance from Renée Zellweger

The Oscar-winning star stuns the Telluride crowd with an impressive performance as the iconic Judy Garland.


Renée Zellweger wowed audiences at the Telluride Film Festival with what is described as a career-best performance in “Judy.”

The story of Judy Garland premiered at the festival Friday night after a tribute to the Oscar-winning actress. Our own Mark Johnson attended the premiere and sang praises to the star in his review.

It is the winter of 1968 and Garland’s tumultuous life has reached new lows when her ex-husband takes custody of their children. While trying to get them back, she goes to London where she still is still welcomed to the stage with sold out crowds in big concert halls.

Rupert Goold directed the biopic that focuses its attention late in the star’s life. This is his second feature film, four years after his debut, “True Story.” He has also worked in film with TV movies and series.

Renée Zellweger’s breakthrough performance came as the leading lady to Tom Cruise in the 1996 film, “Jerry Maguire.” She earned her first Oscar nomination for “Bridget Jones’s Diary” in 2001. The next year, she was nominated again for “Chicago.” She was nominated a third year in a row and won the prize for “Cold Mountain” in 2003.

“Judy” stars a collection of well-known actors including Rufus Sewell, Jessie Buckley, Michael Gambon, and Finn Wittrock.

Guy Lodge of Variety also said in his review:

“Yet director Rupert Goold and resurgent star Renée Zellweger have pulled off something unusual and affecting in “Judy”: a biographical portrait in which performer and subject meet halfway, illuminating something of each other in the process.”

Roadside Attractions will release “Judy” on September 27.

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