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Barney's Version Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Messy, melodramatic and meandering, just like life.

Full Review Source: Movie Nation | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 18, 2013
Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Giamatti and Hoffman are so much fun, and they are tied to a narrative that, while slightly overambitious, never flags

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 71/100

August 16, 2011
Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

It's Giamatti's performance that makes the film work because Barney is not an easy man to like.

Full Review Source: The Jewish Advocate

August 16, 2011
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com

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.

Full Review Source: MSN.com

July 1, 2011
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

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...

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

June 29, 2011
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz

An initially engrossing but progressively rambling and schmaltzy film that's mostly saved by a set of fine, if not exceptional performances.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 3/5

June 21, 2011
Lee Marshall
Screen International

Barney's Version starts fumblingly in picaresque mode, and only really hits its narrative and emotional stride in its second half.

Full Review Source: Screen International

April 22, 2011
Zach Gibson
Empire Magazine Australasia

Giammatti is on the top of his game in this Pitch black comedy.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 4/5

April 13, 2011
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)

The ever-impressive Paul Giamatti (American Splendour, John Adams) shines in this rambling Canadian character study.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2011
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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 Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B+

March 24, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2011
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

[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 Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2011
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

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 Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

March 23, 2011
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

The film offers a lovely mix of compassion and humour. We get a sprawling comic tableau, the arc of a full life.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2011
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

March 23, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

One of the key flaws in the film: Barney is not likeable or admirable, or charismatic or charming or clever at anything

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 21, 2011
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

There are so many wonderful moments in this tumultuous film that leaves us with an unexpected tone

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 21, 2011
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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The movie, much like your own life, is best enjoyed when you don't know exactly what happens next.

Full Review Source: Newsday

March 18, 2011
Mike Ward
Richmond.com

Barney's candor, free spirit and giant heart - which may actually be bigger than his liver - are eventually intoxicating.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 11, 2011
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

Paul Giamatti gives a strong, multilayered performance of a selfish, but not uncommon man.

Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews | Original Score: 8/10

March 9, 2011
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