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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2012)

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Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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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

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Drama, Comedy

Roberto Faenza, Dahlia Heyman

Jun 4, 2013

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (10)

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

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Several kinds of excruciating.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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His pain may be useful to James someday, but to viewers, it's annoying right here and now.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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These 2-D characters might as well be wearing T-shirts that say things like "Predatory College Professor" and "Self-Obsessed Father" on them.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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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.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Listless coming-of-age drama about teen's ho-hum "problems."

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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The film takes itself too seriously while it tackles familiar territory.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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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.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com
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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.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It might actually make audiences understand the urge to bully.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

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

October 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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    1. Nanette: Be patient and strong, someday this pain will be useful to you.
    – Submitted by Hriya M (12 months ago)
    1. 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 (18 months ago)
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