Running With Scissors Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 27, 2006
This is an Igby Goes Down without the laughs, a morbid miscalculation of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou size.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2006
Really - a montage of characters reaching emotional breaking points and having cathartic meltdowns, set to Year of the Cat? F*** you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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James Berardinelli
October 29, 2006
As dysfunctional family movies go, this is one skip. It doesn't just run with the scissors, it falls on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 19, 2006
Commendably at pains to avoid whining self-pity, the movie reaches for black comedy and comes up empty of anything more than strained burlesque.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 26, 2006
Every beat of the picture has the ring of pushy inauthenticity, and despite all the outre eccentricities, a plodding lack of uniqueness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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-
Fernando F. Croce
August 28, 2009
Strictly for the Anderson-Baumbach crowd of privileged idiots
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 26, 2006
The movie gets the pain of [the author's] story, but it misses the humor that got him through the craziness around him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
October 12, 2006
goes for the easy punchline, making the film too often a shallow exercise in retro camp
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric D. Snider
October 25, 2006
A two-hour film needs characters we believe, like, and feel connected to, not freaks from a sideshow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
October 26, 2006
No amount of familial insanity or "K-Billy's Super Sounds of the Seventies" soundtrack indulgences can mask the film's inability to tell a coherent story.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Beth Accomando
October 28, 2006
As brought to the screen by writer-director Ryan Murphy, Running with Scissors works best in the opening scenes when Augusten is still very young.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 20, 2006
The perception gap between an author's words on the printed page and how they translate to the screen has never yawned so widely as it does for Running With Scissors, a black comedy more likely to provoke upchucks than yuks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 24, 2006
Ultimately, the outlandishness of this life seems just too much to bear -- if not for Augusten himself, who miraculously comes out stronger, then certainly for the audience.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 19, 2006
What is lost in the translation from book to movie is emotional subtlety and pathos, which, to be fair, were in short supply to start.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 27, 2006
Maybe all this really happened, but I didn't believe a second of it as portrayed.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 19, 2006
Writer/director Ryan Murphy makes every conceivable mistake in bringing the book to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
January 31, 2007
In its attempt to capture Burroughs' wacky, often wrenching teen years, the film is unified mainly by an impulse toward overstatement.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 10, 2007
Peter Bradshaw
February 3, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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October 28, 2006
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March 31, 2007
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