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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2012)

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Average Rating: 2.5/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3/10
Reviews Counted: 6
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 384

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager, James Sveck, played by up-and-coming star Toby Regbo, and his loving, eccentric and dysfunctional family. James's staunch non-conformism leads him to teenage mistakes that are hard to undo. He refuses to go to college, after being accepted at Brown, and is interested in nothing - barring visits to his enigmatic, free-spirited grandmother Nanette, played by Oscar winner Ellen … More

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Roberto Faenza , Dahlia Heyman
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jun 4, 2013
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (10)

This cliche-ridden coming of age story is as painfully awkward as its troubled teen protagonist.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Several kinds of excruciating.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

His pain may be useful to James someday, but to viewers, it's annoying right here and now.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It might actually make audiences understand the urge to bully.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

These 2-D characters might as well be wearing T-shirts that say things like "Predatory College Professor" and "Self-Obsessed Father" on them.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

The film is a pleasant watch, filled with nice little moments of comedy and tenderness, and optimistic about the fate of dreamers who happen to be a little slow out of the starting gate.

Full Review… | March 8, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Listless coming-of-age drama about teen's ho-hum "problems."

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
Common Sense Media

The film takes itself too seriously while it tackles familiar territory.

Full Review… | October 8, 2012
Cinemalogue.com

It's not exactly a trainwreck of a movie, but Someday This Pain is so void of depth and meaning, it often resembles a parody of the bruised teen subgenre.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Blu-ray.com

The actors work overtime to make this would-be sensitive study of troubled youth work, but are undone by the windy triteness of the script.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
Film Journal International

Roberto Faenza shoots his Manhattan-set action with a glossiness that's as bland as the soundtrack ballads.

Full Review… | October 3, 2012
Slant Magazine

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You Quotes


Nanette:
Be patient and strong, someday this pain will be useful to you.
– Submitted by Hriya M (18 months ago)
James:
I wish the whole day were like breakfast, when people are still connected to their dreams, focused inward, and not yet ready to engage with the world around them. I realized this is how I am all day; for me, unlike other people, there doesn't come a moment after a cup of coffee or a shower or whatever when I suddenly feel alive and awake and connected to the world. If it were always breakfast, I would be fine.
– Submitted by M B (2 years ago)

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