Being Flynn Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
Heads downward in every sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 15, 2012
For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.
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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 9, 2012
A little more nuance would benefit the film, which eventually starts to feel belabored, even bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 8, 2012
A handful of acting moments aside, "Being Flynn" is a drama without much in the way of rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 8, 2012
"Being Flynn'' is earnest to a fault, and it offers the now-rare sight of De Niro giving an actual performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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William Goss
Film.com
March 5, 2012
With a chilly color palette and a suitably melancholy score, Being Flynn does a decent job of finding its own poetry in the way that its characters write, and rewrite, and revise their own lives.
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March 2, 2012
It's easy to imagine Being Flynn's story turning precious in the wrong hands, but Weitz and his cast spin it just right - as a narrative that is both emotionally real, and just writerly enough to suit its leading men.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 2, 2012
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.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 2, 2012
Yes, it has a fine performance by De Niro. Yes, it briefly brings us into the middle of a homeless hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 2, 2012
The real coup de grace for this would-be serious-minded drama is the sledgehammer-subtle direction of Paul Weitz...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 1, 2012
There is honest feeling, genuine humanity and real intelligence in this movie, but there is also a sense of caution, of indecisiveness, that undermines its potential power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2012
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.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 1, 2012
De Niro returns to genius form in 'Being Flynn.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
March 1, 2012
A tale of failed fatherhood intertwined with issues of addiction and homelessness.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 1, 2012
De Niro is fully committed, and few things are more watchable than when he gets cranky. Dano, though, is miscast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 1, 2012
The film's tricky style, which plays with time, voice, and expectations, goes a long way toward spinning intrigue out of a story that could have been cloying and flatly manipulative in other hands.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 29, 2012
[De Niro] never finds any poetry in Flynn's bellicose soul. He just makes you wish that the guy would shut up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 29, 2012
Ultimately, being either Flynn doesn't seem terribly appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 29, 2012
Being Flynn is the kind of Dante nightmare actors find fun to play, but it's hell for an audience to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
February 29, 2012
Pretty cut-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
February 20, 2012
Robert De Niro and writer-director Paul Weitz find the most congenial material either of them has had in quite some time in Being Flynn, a fractious father-son drama with a soul-warming gentle core.