• R, 1 hr. 42 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Weitz
    In Theaters:
    Mar 2, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Jul 10, 2012
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Being Flynn Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 23, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D

June 2, 2013
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

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.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5.5/10

September 15, 2012

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.

Full Review Source: NECN | Original Score: D-

August 25, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 13, 2012
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Absolves Paul Weitz for having made Little Fockers and makes up for most of Robert De Niro's choices in the past few years.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 9, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2012
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

On the whole, the film feels detached and morose, just like its characters.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 23, 2012

De Niro's Jonathan wraps himself up in the fašade of his fictitious artistry. He's Jake La Motta by way of Blanche DuBois, who can only occasionally depend upon the kindness of strangers.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 7/10

March 23, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

De Niro's blustering doesn't help and neither does the sentimental take on his possibly insoluble problems.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 22, 2012
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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.

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 22, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

To his credit, De Niro actually gives a committed performance for a change. But that doesn't mean what it once did.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

March 19, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a perfectly watchable adaptation of Flynn's true-life memoir.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

March 18, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Never underestimate the dramatic power of father-son bonding

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

March 16, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2012
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

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.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

March 16, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 2012
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

It's a complex emotional soup, taken from a 2004 book by poet Nick Flynn, and one that demands much from all involved.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2012
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