a dreamlike portrait of Garland on the rocks – but is it too prurient for comfort?

Dir: Rupert Goold. Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, Michael Gambon, Bella Ramsey, Finn Wittrock, Andy Nyman, Fenella Woolgar, Lucy Russell, Gemma-Leah Devereux, Royce Pierreson. 12A cert, 118 min 

Judy Garland was 14 years old when her battle with diet pills started. She had no say in the matter. As Rupert Goold’s film Judy begins, she’s at the receiving end of a stern dressing-down on the Wizard of Oz set from Louis B Mayer (Richard Cordery) – the would-be avuncular mogul who called her “my little hunchback” and was grooming her to be MGM’s new sensation. What he needed from her was – chillingly – discipline. And when MGM threw her a staged birthday party to control her adorable…

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