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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Reviews

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April 10, 2009
Here's the big mystery of Pittsburgh: How did this movie manage to be so completely terrible?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 9, 2009
The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 9, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
April 11, 2009
Sarsgaard revels in a character who attracts all eyes and mouths, but the narration is too much of an explanatory crutch to parse the roundelay of identity exploration.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
David D'Arcy
Screen International
April 6, 2009
Over-compressed and unoriginal, Thurber's movie of Chabon's novel has turned an imaginative book into ordinary cinema.
Scott Weinberg
January 28, 2008
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 10, 2009
Sarsgaard is the only interesting element, but he doesn't make the movie worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
I can't imagine the novel's characters were this flat, formulaic and puzzling in their behavior.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
The movie is all over the place and it loses its focus.
Eric D. Snider
January 31, 2008
Comb through the program guide at any independent film festival and you'll find 10 movies exactly like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 10, 2009
When characters say things like "It's gonna be a great summer," or call someone "Old sport" and act oh-so-beautifully doomed, it's time to call the cliché police.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 16, 2009
[Art] is as passive as Benjamin Button minus the freak-of-nature excuse.
Brian Orndorf
August 26, 2009
A mess of a movie, looking to contort Chabon's novel into a darkly personal story of choice and desire. Instead the film sloppily lumbers around in search of a consistent dramatic path. It's handsome enough, just wildly misguided from frame one.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 10, 2009
Even Chabon fans should avoid this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 8, 2009
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.
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
April 16, 2009
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh seems to be missing an essential element of drama, of risk, underneath its glossy, golden sheen.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
April 8, 2009
Despite the best of intentions and interesting source material, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a misfire on several levels.
Sean Axmaker
June 16, 2008
... almost indistinguishable from any other portrait of the aimless American male who is jolted from passivity to action by a reckless pal.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 11, 2009
The fact is, some novels don't translate well to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
boring and aimless
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 27, 2011
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