★ Nominated for 3 Oscars
Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970s and ‘80s profiling the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Killgallen. When she finds herself unable to get published because she’s fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turns her art form to forgery, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E Grant).
“Melissa McCarthy forges a great performance. **** 4 stars” – The Guardian