British acting legend Helen Mirren is back on the big screen as one half of a screen partnership with the delectable Ryan Reynolds in upcoming true story drama Woman in Gold.

Woman In Gold
Mirren plays Austrian-Jewish Holocaust survivor, Maria Altmann

Mirren plays Jewish octogenarian Maria Altmann, an Austrian Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles. She enlists the help of lawyer Randol Schoenberg (Reynolds), also of Austrian descent, as she begins a fight against the Austrian government to reclaim Gustav Klimt’s iconic painting of her aunt, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was confiscated by the Nazis in Vienna.

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The pair battle against the establishment for almost a decade and it takes Altmann all the way up to the Supreme Court of the United States before reaching a resolution.

Unfortunately, after the film’s preview at the Berlin International Film Festival, it has been left with some unfavourable reviews.

The Hollywood Reporter described the film’s "remarkable true story" attachment a free pass that allows for its mediocre filmmaking.

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Film reviewer David Rooney said: "Criticising Simon Curtis’ emphatic battle of Austrian-Jewish Holocaust refugee Maria Altmann ... risks being misread as disrespect for the countless people who endured similar violations.

"But, while Mirren elevates the material with her usual aplomb and the events being depicted are inevitably stirring, this is a stodgy crusade-for-justice directed and written with minimal flair."

The Guardian also described Mirren and Reynolds as an "on-screen partnership the world wasn’t waiting for."

However, if Woman in Gold still appeals, it is due out in the US on April, 3 and the trailer can be viewed here.