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
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.
...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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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.
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.
The story is gripping, compelling. One wonders what De Niro might have done with such a role 30, 35 years ago.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: B-
If you love watching De Niro, Being Flynn is the movie for you.
De Niro has one of his best roles as a man wavering between fierce pride and grandiosity.
| Original Score: B
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.
To summon up his most iconic role must represent De Niro's faith in this film.
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.