The Rose | Chicago Reader

The Rose

The rock singer as Christ, as Bette Midler follows the 14 stations from drunkenness to onstage overdose. It's a cruel, bathetic film, with no interest in its period (the 60s) or milieu, and no real sympathy for its main character, who is used, almost pornographically, as a body to be degraded. Director Mark Rydell elicits remarkably little emotion from his highly emotional situation; he seems more concerned with the suffering than with the sufferer, and his clinical detachment kills the feeling. With Frederic Forrest, Alan Bates, and 60 seconds of Harry Dean Stanton.

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