• R, 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Baillie Walsh
    In Theaters:
    Apr 13, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 22, 2008
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment


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Flashbacks of a Fool Reviews

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Charismatic Daniel Craig plays Joe Scott, a washed up movie star, addicted to a misspent life of sex, drugs and uncool behaviour

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 21, 2009
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

October 18, 2008
Anna King
Time Out New York
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While the dialogue is often hackneyed and full of rushed backstory (not enough flashbacks, evidently), the cinematography excels, particularly the chiaroscuro interiors.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

October 15, 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 Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2008
Matt Mueller
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2008
Jonathan Trout

Despite the skilful and evocative photography, the strong cast seem to misfire against the imbalanced structure and clashing styles.

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 18, 2008
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

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.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies

April 18, 2008
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Extremely well-filmed, with terrific performances from the entire cast. But the plot feels underdeveloped.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project.

November 12, 2008
Prairie Miller

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

November 9, 2008
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International

Flashbacks flounders in the final third.

Full Review Source: Screen International

October 18, 2008
Leslie Felperin
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 17, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 17, 2008
Lance Goldenberg
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 16, 2008
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

Fatally, Craig's self-obsessed Joe never develops into anyone more interesting.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

April 18, 2008
Xan Brooks

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2008
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

It's a handsome picture but Joe's lack of evolution is unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2008
Danny Bangs
Little White Lies

A two-hour whining session in which Daniel Craig plays fading actor Joe Scott.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

April 18, 2008
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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An ambitious but disappointing, regret-filled psycho-drama.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

April 18, 2008
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