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The 12 Best Biopic Performances of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

From Maria Falconetti in "The Passion of Joan of Arc" to Natalie Portman in "Jackie," critics pick the best biopic performances ever.

“Judy”

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

The Judy Garland biopic “Judy” has been met with mixed reviews, but Renée Zellweger’s work in the title role has inspired rave after rave, and has made her the one to beat for Best Actress.

This week’s question: What is the greatest performance in a biopic?

The answers below are presented in chronological order.

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