Being Flynn Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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 | Original Score: 7/10
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 22, 2012
It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 18, 2012
...a perfectly watchable adaptation of Flynn's true-life memoir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 16, 2012
Never underestimate the dramatic power of father-son bonding
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
March 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 16, 2012
Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
March 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 15, 2012
What keeps you watching is its gritty look at life in a homeless shelter, the sort of unexpectedly compelling, slice-of-life context that made "The Soloist" so compelling, and so tough to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 15, 2012
What's so satisfying about Weitz films like this one is how his lost boys and lost adults find themselves in the awkward dance of intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 15, 2012
The story is gripping, compelling. One wonders what De Niro might have done with such a role 30, 35 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 15, 2012
Dano's deeply felt performance comes to be Weitz's greatest asset, finding a genuine sense of hurt with material that could easily register as superficially morose.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 9, 2012
If you love watching De Niro, Being Flynn is the movie for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
March 8, 2012
De Niro has one of his best roles as a man wavering between fierce pride and grandiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Thomas Page McBee
Boston Phoenix
March 8, 2012
As he falls deeper into drunken, hallucinatory despair, we see in De Niro's long looks in the mirror and slouching frame how aware he is of his own true colors. This may be his best performance in decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 8, 2012
To summon up his most iconic role must represent De Niro's faith in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 6, 2012
when you see the man [Robert DeNiro] pull out all stops and give one of his most audacious performances in many years, you have to applaud loudly.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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