Flashbacks of a Fool Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 21, 2009
Charismatic Daniel Craig plays Joe Scott, a washed up movie star, addicted to a misspent life of sex, drugs and uncool behaviour
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
November 12, 2008
... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 9, 2008
Craig does a hopelessly dissipated futuristic Bondish has-been celeb party animal, undone by an overload of hard drugs and sex orgies in a flash forward culture clash of Hollywood excess and soapy UK downhome family values.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
October 18, 2008
Whiile pic doesn't exactly feel like a vanity project, its weak script might have kept it forever in development hell if debutant writer-helmer Baillie Walsh weren't the topliner's good buddy.
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Flashbacks flounders in the final third.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 18, 2008
Impressively directed and superbly acted by a terrific cast, this is both a nostalgia-fuelled coming-of-age tale and a genuinely moving drama about making peace with the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 17, 2008
The bizarre secret isn't nearly interesting enough to justify the long buildup to it, and since it amounts to bad luck it doesn't really reveal anything about the actor, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 17, 2008
Without Daniel Craig's 007-enhanced profile, it's unlikely that Flashbacks of a Fool would have appeared anywhere except the Netflix queues of his most rabid fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lance Goldenberg
L.A. Weekly
October 16, 2008
Craig's shaken-but-not-stirred charisma makes the most of an underwritten part, but the movie nearly flat-lines when the actor's not onscreen, which is often.
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Anna King
Time Out
October 15, 2008
While the dialogue is often hackneyed and full of rushed backstory (not enough flashbacks, evidently), the cinematography excels, particularly the chiaroscuro interiors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
April 18, 2008
Fatally, Craig's self-obsessed Joe never develops into anyone more interesting.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
April 18, 2008
It's like an awkward (and how could it not be awkward?) marriage of The Cement Garden and Beaches; an intriguing bit of driftwood, an exotic wreck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
April 18, 2008
It's a handsome picture but Joe's lack of evolution is unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Danny Bangs
Little White Lies
April 18, 2008
A two-hour whining session in which Daniel Craig plays fading actor Joe Scott.
April 18, 2008
An uneven drama that uneasily mixes Hollywood satire and coming-of-age tale, Flashbacks Of A Fool is hampered by its adventurous attempt to link the two. Much like its central character, Walsh's film is stylish but empty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Mueller
Total Film
April 18, 2008
It's a fool's paradise for Craig as his fading filmstar looks back on how teenage hormones lead to tragedy. Walsh doesn't fritter away Daniel's magnanimity, but the lurch between Hollywood washout and ramshackle English adolescence needs more to bond.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Trout
BBC.com
April 18, 2008
Despite the skilful and evocative photography, the strong cast seem to misfire against the imbalanced structure and clashing styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies
April 18, 2008
When the record stops spinning Flashbacks Of A Fool doesn't amount to much more than "learn from past mistakes and don't take your life for granted", but it's strikingly shot, perfectly played, and rather well scored.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
April 18, 2008
An ambitious but disappointing, regret-filled psycho-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
April 18, 2008
An array of small successes can't support the crushing weight of the malformed screenplay. Not a complete loss by any means, though, and Walsh is a talent to keep an eye on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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