Mediocre ‘Woman in Gold’ is not worth a Dame

April 1, 2015 3:08 PM

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Even the great Helen Mirren can do only so much to elevate this relentlessly mediocre, fact-inspired drama. She plays Maria Altmann, an octogenarian refugee living in California who successfully battles the Austrian government to recover Gustav Klimt’s famous portrait of her aunt (Antje Traue), which was stolen from her family by the Nazis.

Under Harvey Weinstein’s sponsorship, this remarkable story has become a paint-by-numbers variation on the producer’s far better “Philomena.” Here, Mirren’s feisty Altmann recruits the son of a family friend who’s a corporate lawyer — and grandson of noted composer Arnold Schoenberg — to help in her...

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