“I would never allow myself to say what critics should or shouldn’t do,” Adams said of whether critics should ignore politics when making reviews.
Hillbilly Elegy garnered some of the worst reviews in 2020 (the film’s MetaCritic score is 39), with several film critics condemning the Ron Howard-directed drama for portraying its Appalachian setting and characters. NME critic Richard Fipon wrote that the film “betrays the people it tries to celebrate” by “not acknowledging the legitimate problems it faces”, while Adam Nyman of The Ringer adds: “The film focuses on the so-called” forgotten “Citizens of the red state of America – but it has no zero interest in actually researching the group. “What are stars Amy Adams and Glenn Close doing about the critical beating? Adams told NME that the film’s themes are the most important and far beyond its policy.
“I think the themes of this film are very universal,” Adams said. “Whether it’s a generational trauma, whether it’s just a study of where we come from to find out where we’re going and who we are. I think that the universality of the film’s themes goes far beyond politics. “
Close added that the film “was not made with a view to politics, but was made with Ron’s intention.” I think he did a great job of telling the story of a very specific family. “
“I would never dare say what critics should or shouldn’t do,” Adams said when asked if film critics should set politics aside when watching films. “Everyone has a voice and can use it as they choose to use it.”
“Hillbilly Elegy” is based on the eponymous bestseller by JD Vance. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich awarded the Hillbilly Elegy a C-review, writing: “The source material is devoid of the libertarian stripe (in addition to any other social commentary) and is subject to something more like a screaming episode of” This Is We both in structure and tone than before the history of the Trump era or a caricature of those who took advantage of it.
Despite the negative reviews, Hillbilly Elegy remains in the top 10 on Netflix’s most streamed list since its debut on the platform on November 24. Read IndieWire’s interview with screenwriter Vanessa Taylor here, in which she discusses dealing with the controversial elements of Vance’s novel. Hillbilly Elegy is now available for streaming on Netflix.