• 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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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
Will Leitch

DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 23, 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
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

If Robert De Niro knew what was good for him, he'd certainly distance himself from this director and find a new path.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

February 27, 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
Alonso Duralde
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

March 2, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 1, 2012
Robert Levin

The film is so bent on reflecting its abrasive main characters' psychological states that it's often insufferable.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 1, 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
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 1, 2012
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 28, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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De Niro is fully committed, and few things are more watchable than when he gets cranky. Dano, though, is miscast.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 1, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Heads downward in every sense of the word.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 15, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Ultimately, being either Flynn doesn't seem terribly appealing.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2012
Matt Pais

Functions decently as About a Family without properly exploring the dad and son individually.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 8, 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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The real coup de grace for this would-be serious-minded drama is the sledgehammer-subtle direction of Paul Weitz...

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 2, 2012
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