A Million Little Pieces Reviews

December 6, 2019
As a stand-alone work of cinema fiction, "A Million Little Pieces" is an effective blunt instrument of a film - a rough-edged, unvarnished, painfully accurate portrayal of addiction and rehabilitation.
December 6, 2019
A petulant, boastful, and not very noteworthy variation of a story that plenty of films, documentary and fiction, have told before, but with more insight or panache.
December 6, 2019
An underwhelming addiction story that feels not just familiar, but more focused on the bad-boy swagger of its main character than his actual recovery.
December 5, 2019
Yet another ruin-and-rehab tale, one that initially tantalizes then flatly disappoints.
December 5, 2019
James' inner life and his experience is made up of a million little pieces, but in this flat film we get just one.
December 4, 2019
Making a recovery movie is like making a boxing movie: The formula is so well established that the most viewers can hope for is a slight variation on a familiar theme.
December 3, 2019
Ironically, Frey's much-derided poetic license only serves, in this context, to make his story play just like everyone else's.
August 31, 2019
This one is acted with commitment and often beautifully shot (a crucial event is shown reflected in the polished surface of a bathtub), but adds little to what has gone before.
August 30, 2019
The result is disappointingly dull, the equivalent of buying sham weed. You wait for something to happen, but ... nothing.
August 30, 2019
The director's take is straight, and earnest in tone, but the film is inevitably undone by [James] Frey's own fabrications.
August 29, 2019
This is far from the syrupy, audience-coddling portrait that a higher-budget picture would almost certainly have inflicted on the material.
August 28, 2019
An opening title card coyly quotes Mark Twain: "I've lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened." As the credits roll two fanciful hours later, you will know the feeling.
August 28, 2019
It plays out this maudlin story with the straightest bat possible, and the surprises are dangerously thin on the ground.
August 15, 2019
Played gruellingly straight and unadventurous, it marinades in the miseries of recovery; a warts-and-all memoir without the 'and all' part.
September 12, 2018
Who is this movie for? Beyond the couple who made it, I have no idea.
September 11, 2018
An adaptation that's little more than a watered-down version of a story that's already lost so much of its original consistency.
September 11, 2018
It's full of showpiece scenes of nihilistic acting out, but it's not full of scenes that reveal human character in an interesting way.