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Running With Scissors Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Strictly for the Anderson-Baumbach crowd of privileged idiots
Cole Smithey
April 24, 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 | Original Score: B
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/11
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 23, 2007
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.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 15, 2007
The excruciating display of bohemian spoils wears the word "delightful" in quotation marks, with a theatre accent.
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Stuart McGurk
February 2, 2007
The first half rolls along like an excitable child hoping to entertain with each new stunt. But it loses the book's dark humour. Running with Scissors? More like a stumble.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
February 1, 2007
Running With Scissors has a great cast and an appropriately chaotic nature, but it never really adds up to anything and fails to hit its emotional targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 31, 2007
In its attempt to capture Burroughs' wacky, often wrenching teen years, the film is unified mainly by an impulse toward overstatement.
Will Lawrence
Empire Magazine
January 29, 2007
Well-acted by the superb ensemble cast but there just isn't a likeable character amongst them to care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
January 29, 2007
Sadly fails to sustain its original interest.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
January 11, 2007
I had hoped, I guess, that the film would do justice to the book, but sadly that is not the case. If I were you, go out and spend the money on the paperback, curl up and give yourself over to the wacky world Burroughs' creates. It'll be more fulfilling th
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006
Murphy's adaptation is bright, lively and fast-paced, but the movie is relentless in its outlandishness.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 25, 2006
We can really feel writer-director Murphy straining for both wacky hilarity and touching emotion. And never quite getting there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 10, 2006
Running With Scissors is alternately grating and boring, as deadly a combo as one could imagine sitting through for two unendurable hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Pete Hammond
November 6, 2006
This may be Annette Bening's finest screen work ever.
| Original Score: 3/5
November 4, 2006
This has been watered down to be more like Walking with Plastic Spoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 1, 2006
It's a film about dreams, about gurus and disciples, about self-centered people destroying each other. Yes, it can make you laugh, but it breaks your heart at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
October 31, 2006
Annoyingly pretentious and self-pitying, despite the presence of an interesting cast.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 31, 2006
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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 31, 2006
Running With Scissors loses its edge because we want to see more of Baldwin and less of everyone else.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
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