Even Chabon fans should avoid this.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Only Sarsgaard shows a pulse, creating a self-destructive, omnisexual rogue who, for all his faults, would probably be great company. The same can't be said for the film around him.
| Original Score: C-
At any middling arthouse festival, films like this are four for a dollar.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a coming-of-ager that nearly slaughters you by minute 30 with the relentlessness of its protagonist's voiceovers, as scripted--with reverence and without cinematic wiles--by director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Michael Chabon's earnest first novel from 1988 about a young man's bisexual coming of age is now what could pass for a flavorless pilot for the CW.
Too busy for three mediocre movies? Watch this gonzo drama -- a coming-of-age Mafia bisexual love triangle that's simultaneously bizarre and trite.
That one special summer after college wherein boys become men and learn about the dark doings of the world is herein re-enacted to particularly wan, if determinedly literary, effect.
The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.
Despite the best of intentions and interesting source material, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a misfire on several levels.
A stillborn rendering of Michael Chabon's first novel.
| Original Score: D
Devotees of Chabon will find particular points on which to disdain Thurber's treatment -- for the uninitiated, it's enough to feel the howling gulf between intention and what's actually on-screen.
At best a sincere show of flattening, at worst a colossal bore of a coming-of-age story.
Over-compressed and unoriginal, Thurber's movie of Chabon's novel has turned an imaginative book into ordinary cinema.
A surefooted screen translation of Michael Chabon's beloved 1988 debut novel.
Poor performances by lesser-known co-leads Jon Foster and Sienna Miller, and sporadic storytelling with only a sliver of the emotional depth of Chabon's beloved book, wipes away any positives...
| Original Score: 2/5
... almost indistinguishable from any other portrait of the aimless American male who is jolted from passivity to action by a reckless pal.
Comb through the program guide at any independent film festival and you'll find 10 movies exactly like this one.
| Original Score: C
I can automatically assume that the characters are a lot more multi-dimensional in Chabon's book -- because in the movie they're pretty much a bunch of paper-doll cutouts
It's the players that invigorate The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and keenly flesh-out its emotional dimensions.
| Original Score: B