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Barney's Version Reviews

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Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper

Even though it's based on a fictional autobiography, Barney's Version has the shapelessness of a real biopic.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia City Paper | Original Score: B

February 4, 2011
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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Barney's Version misses every opportunity for raucous picaresque fun that the book throws its way, while squandering a wealth of transatlantic performing talent led by Paul Giamatti.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 12, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I wish I responded to this shrewdly acted, rather dutiful picture the way I did to the tumultuous Richler adaptation I saw and loved as a 13-year-old, "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz," starring a vibrant young Richard Dreyfuss.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 20, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

There's no faulting the acting but what the point is I have no idea.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2011

Do yourself and the normally appealing Giamatti a favour and watch Sideways again instead.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2011
Tony Macklin

There's a murder mystery in both the book and movie versions of Barney's Version. Let me solve the movie's mystery -- Giamatti kills Richler's Barney.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.0/5

February 15, 2011
Chris Barsanti

This fitfully funny, mawkish romantic comedy gives Paul Giamatti (another) role of a lifetime, but along the way, sucks all the life out of its rakish source novel.

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 4/10

February 4, 2011
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Barney's Version's inconsistent conception of its protagonist is exacerbated by a larger unevenness of tone.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 2, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Giamatti is an ideal casting choice, but even this talented actor can't sell a lovable-jerk story that forgot to put in the lovable.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 3, 2010
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO] A vague murder mystery bookends the story, but "Barney's Version" spins with more narrative distraction than direction.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

January 10, 2011
Geoff Berkshire

The actors are the whole show here, trapped in characters never really worth their time, or ours.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 3, 2010
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

More often than not, when emotion is called for, Michael Konyves lays on the scripting far too thick.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 16, 2011
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mordecai Richler's 1997 acclaimed best seller novel is never fleshed out.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

March 27, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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But the filmmakers have been, if anything, too dutiful, too careful, and the movie that results from their conscientious, devoted labor illustrates the terrible, paradoxical trap into which well-intentioned literary adaptations so often fall.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 3, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A minor improvement over Mordecai Richler's nigh unreadable book...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

July 1, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This has the overstuffed feel of a sprawling, life-spanning story that's been wrestled down to feature length.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 11, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

An acting showcase with more mood swings than its drunken protagonist.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 18, 2011
Bob Westal

One thing that even relatively short novels often do that movies can have a hard time with is telling the story of a character's entire life.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 15, 2011

This adaptation of the late Canadian writer Mordecai Richler's playfully experimental novel about a man making sense of his wasted life feels rather like its antihero: inadequate.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

January 31, 2011
Rachel Gordon

Despite the deficiencies in the script, everyone on screen works effectively hard to build a full story of a fairly average human being who can't seem to appreciate his own life, much less those around him.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 16, 2010
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