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Running With Scissors (2006)



Critic Consensus: Despite a few great performances, the film lacks the sincerity and emotional edge of Burroughs' well-loved memoir.

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Movie Info

This is a son's story of a bipolar-poet mother with delusions of grandeur who falls into the care of an unorthodox psychiatrist.more
Rating: R (for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse.)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ryan Murphy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2003
Box Office: $6.8M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Annette Bening
as Deirdre Burroughs
Brian Cox
as Dr. Finch
Alec Baldwin
as Norman Burroughs
Joseph Fiennes
as Neil Bookman
Evan Rachel Wood
as Natalie Finch
Joseph Cross
as Augusten Burroughs
Jill Clayburgh
as Agnes Finch
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Hope Finch
Patrick Wilson
as Michael Shephard
Kristin Chenoweth
as Fern Stewart
Jack Kaeding
as Six-Year-Old Auguste...
Nancy Ellen Cassaro
as Christy (1978 Poetry...
Omid Abtahi
as Restaurant Manager
Julie Remala
as Restaurant Waitress
Will Carter
as Officer Button
Bonnie Weis
as Cocktail Waitress
Scott Slifer
as Audience Member
Rachel Zeskind
as Deirdre Obsessed Fan
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Critic Reviews for Running With Scissors

All Critics (139) | Top Critics (45)

In the real world, mental illness is a serious problem. In this film, it gives everyone a license to run around like characters in a Lewis Carroll story -- all of it set to predictable pop hits from the 1970s.

Full Review… | October 31, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

As dysfunctional family movies go, this is one skip. It doesn't just run with the scissors, it falls on them.

Full Review… | October 29, 2006
Top Critic

Strictly for the Anderson-Baumbach crowd of privileged idiots

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Based on Augusten Burrough's memoir, "Running With Scissors" traverses the '70's American zeitgeist in eccentric personal terms when the American dream plummeted into horror with the aid of prescription drugs.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Running With Scissors is a schizophrenic film. It simply doesn't know what it wants to be %u2014 a witty and wacky satire, or a serious and heartfelt drama.

Full Review… | February 28, 2008

For every aspect that is depressing, there something that is fresh and uplifting, and it is credit to writer director Ryan Murphy for capturing the mood of Burroughs' book so faithfully.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Running With Scissors


Cast: Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Redgrave, Kristin Chenoweth, Colleen Camp, Patrick Wilson

Director: Ryan Murphy

Summary: When Deirdre Burroughs (Annette Bening) impulsively decides that her adolescent son Augusten (Joseph Cross) should be raised by her unconventional psychiatrist (Brian Cox), her choice to give him away changes the course of his life forever.

My Thoughts: "Haven't read the book (although I want to) so I am not sure if its the same in writing as it is on screen. It's such a crazy movie.. A good kind of crazy. I had wanted to see this movie for quite some time now, and I am glad I finally got the chance to. It was such a great movie. All the characters are all insane but sane at the same time. The Dr. was my favorite. The lines he gave had me laughing. If you haven't seen it I recommend you do."


Super Reviewer


30/07/2010 (TELEVISION)

This puts the "Drama" in "Dramatic" and makes it seem poetic. A very intense story with some major issues that weigh a ton, in madness.

It started off seemingly normal and interesting but as the story unfolds it takes a very shocking turn with crazy characters and a fiery story that burns with insanity, but still managing to maintain my interest.

Not my kind of flick but it's a nice change from my usual taste. A very hardcore drama indeed but a good check for those who are into "True Stories".

EightThirty .

Super Reviewer


Very Strange! Joseph Cross has done better work in Jack Frost! What the hell was this?

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Running With Scissors Quotes

Augusten Burroughs: I want rules... and boundaries... because... what I've learned is that... without them... all life is... is a series of surprises.
– Submitted by Justin C (3 years ago)
Dr. Finch: You can't come in here, this is my mastabatorium!
– Submitted by Justin C (3 years ago)
Augusten Burroughs: According to Hope, Freud died of kitty leukemia. According to me, Freud died of being trapped in a laundry basket for four days without food or water.
– Submitted by Angela T (3 years ago)

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