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
DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now.
| Original Score: C
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-
If Robert De Niro knew what was good for him, he'd certainly distance himself from this director and find a new path.
| Original Score: 1/4
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+
Writer-director Paul Weitz can't make the solipsistic central protagonists interesting, even though his best films (About a Boy, In Good Company) deal with surrogate father-son relationships.
The movie's emotional content was manifest as an absence. What stayed with me most memorably was the father's insufferable bombast and the son's sad passivity.
The film is so bent on reflecting its abrasive main characters' psychological states that it's often insufferable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
De Niro's blustering doesn't help and neither does the sentimental take on his possibly insoluble problems.
| Original Score: 2/4
For all its good intentions and talented performers and filmmakers, "Being Flynn" leaves you feeling as if everyone is trying a little too hard. Sometimes, less really is more.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
What the actors are unable to get across emotionally (which is a lot-Dano and De Niro, both of them all big actorly tics, often seem like they were filmed in different rooms), Weitz hammers home via near-constant music.
De Niro is fully committed, and few things are more watchable than when he gets cranky. Dano, though, is miscast.
| Original Score: 2/5
Heads downward in every sense of the word.
Ultimately, being either Flynn doesn't seem terribly appealing.
Weitz...began adapting Flynn's book for the screen eight years ago. It's too bad that he didn't figure out in the ensuing years that it was not worth his efforts.
It takes a great deal of skill to pull off an effective comedy-drama, with generous amounts of both laughter and tears. Being Flynn is admirable for trying, but it doesn't quite succeed.
Functions decently as About a Family without properly exploring the dad and son individually.
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
The real coup de grace for this would-be serious-minded drama is the sledgehammer-subtle direction of Paul Weitz...
| Original Score: 1.5/4