Barney's Version Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 18, 2013
Messy, melodramatic and meandering, just like life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
August 16, 2011
Giamatti and Hoffman are so much fun, and they are tied to a narrative that, while slightly overambitious, never flags
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate
August 16, 2011
It's Giamatti's performance that makes the film work because Barney is not an easy man to like.
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
July 1, 2011
Director Richard J. Lewis never quite gets a handle on the sprawling storyline and stumbles over the tonal shifts... but Giamatti holds the center together.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 1, 2011
A minor improvement over Mordecai Richler's nigh unreadable book...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
June 29, 2011
Paul Giamatti is one of those actors whose presence in a movie generally validates it, and Barney's Version is no exception. He manages to make a central character with few-if any-admirable traits not only bearable but downright compelling. And...
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
June 21, 2011
An initially engrossing but progressively rambling and schmaltzy film that's mostly saved by a set of fine, if not exceptional performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lee Marshall
Screen International
April 22, 2011
Barney's Version starts fumblingly in picaresque mode, and only really hits its narrative and emotional stride in its second half.
Zach Gibson
Empire Magazine Australasia
April 13, 2011
Giammatti is on the top of his game in this Pitch black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
If there's such a thing as a filmmaker treating its subject matter too affectionately, then this is that, and it makes you wonder why you should even keep watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
March 31, 2011
The ever-impressive Paul Giamatti (American Splendour, John Adams) shines in this rambling Canadian character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 27, 2011
Mordecai Richler's 1997 acclaimed best seller novel is never fleshed out.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 24, 2011
It takes a little while to warm up but Barney's Version is a charming film that will leave you reflecting on your own life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 23, 2011
True love and fine cigars feature in the charming Barney's Version, a blend of intelligent comedy and stirring drama headlined by a career best Paul Giamatti.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 23, 2011
[The] character has given Giamatti another great role after Sideways and Harvey Pekar and he runs with it; no wonder he won a Golden Globe for this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
March 23, 2011
If Giamatti's performance is rigorously unsentimental, director Richard Lewis and writer Michael Konyves (adapting Morechai Richler's novel) succumb, a little too often, to slow-moving warmth and wryness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
March 23, 2011
The film offers a lovely mix of compassion and humour. We get a sprawling comic tableau, the arc of a full life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 23, 2011
Just like a really good novel, it gets you so well acquainted with its characters that they start to feel like your friends, and you don't want it to finish because that will mean never seeing them again.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 21, 2011
A rather pedestrian film, epic in length but curiously pinched in scope.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 21, 2011
One of the key flaws in the film: Barney is not likeable or admirable, or charismatic or charming or clever at anything
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