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De Niro has succumbed to the false perception that 'great acting' is synonymous with screaming and yelling every line like your career depended on it.
| Original Score: D
Being Flynn is too dark to appeal to the faint of heart and too safe to draw in those looking for an honest portrayal of a troubled father-son relationship.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
It's a shame the studio didn't choose to keep the original title of the book in place, Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City would have been quite fitting for the film.
| Original Score: D-
Eventually, the movie warps in on itself and becomes its own parody: an overly pretentious movie about an overly pretentious writer, which is not very well written at all.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Absolves Paul Weitz for having made Little Fockers and makes up for most of Robert De Niro's choices in the past few years.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Paul Weitz's gritty, sweet but mostly unsentimental film of Flynn's book puts a flawed, unpleasantly realistic face on homelessness and gives Robert De Niro his best role in a decade.
| Original Score: 3/4
On the whole, the film feels detached and morose, just like its characters.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
De Niro's Jonathan wraps himself up in the façade of his fictitious artistry. He's Jake La Motta by way of Blanche DuBois, who can only occasionally depend upon the kindness of strangers.
| Original Score: 7/10
It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.
De Niro's blustering doesn't help and neither does the sentimental take on his possibly insoluble problems.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's simply difficult to throw in with the film's reality-if not its essential story, then its details: Being Flynn feels indie art-directed instead of observed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
To his credit, De Niro actually gives a committed performance for a change. But that doesn't mean what it once did.
| Original Score: C+
...a perfectly watchable adaptation of Flynn's true-life memoir.
Never underestimate the dramatic power of father-son bonding
He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
The revelation, truly, is De Niro. It's been ages since he's dived fully and credibly into a dramatic character and lived inside its skin as he used to do routinely.
| Original Score: B+
Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.
I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.
It's a complex emotional soup, taken from a 2004 book by poet Nick Flynn, and one that demands much from all involved.
| Original Score: 3/5
Heads downward in every sense of the word.