• 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

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 22, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2012
Rafer Guzman
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Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 16, 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
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 15, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

March 15, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The story is gripping, compelling. One wonders what De Niro might have done with such a role 30, 35 years ago.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 15, 2012
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A little more nuance would benefit the film, which eventually starts to feel belabored, even bleak.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A handful of acting moments aside, "Being Flynn" is a drama without much in the way of rewards.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

March 8, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Being Flynn'' is earnest to a fault, and it offers the now-rare sight of De Niro giving an actual performance.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 8, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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To summon up his most iconic role must represent De Niro's faith in this film.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 8, 2012
William Goss
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

March 5, 2012
Bob Mondello
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 2, 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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Yes, it has a fine performance by De Niro. Yes, it briefly brings us into the middle of a homeless hell.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 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
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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 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
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
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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De Niro returns to genius form in 'Being Flynn.'

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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A tale of failed fatherhood intertwined with issues of addiction and homelessness.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 1, 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
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

March 1, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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[De Niro] never finds any poetry in Flynn's bellicose soul. He just makes you wish that the guy would shut up.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

February 29, 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
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Being Flynn is the kind of Dante nightmare actors find fun to play, but it's hell for an audience to watch.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

February 29, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Pretty cut-rate.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

February 29, 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
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 20, 2012
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