Barry Reviews

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February 14, 2019
Biased and showy hero worship is rightfully absent for a solid biography slice.
August 3, 2018
Barry pays off in the end. It takes its time, but it gets there.
August 3, 2018
There is nothing presidential in Devon Terrell's very entertaining portrayal of Barry (and he is only called Barry in this film -- Barack Obama is too grand and complicated a name for this easygoing fellow).
October 12, 2017
With its emphasis on a sense of place and all the ways a young person can feel out of place, Barry isn't a biopic but, rather, a film about race, class, gender, and general tribalism in America.
March 8, 2017
...thinking about Barry, the 1981-set film about a young Barack Obama as he arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University, I found myself thinking about a young Me in 1981, as I arrived in New York City to attend Columbia University...
January 17, 2017
The movie goes to great lengths to put you in Barry's head space, so when it's time to cash in on that build up, it works.
January 3, 2017
Solid bio envisions young Obama; lots of cursing.
December 29, 2016
These moments proceed like comic-book panels, each communicating a single point, with little nuance for us to discover.
December 21, 2016
Gandhi's touch is generally light and he exploits the city's ethnic mosaic with great effectiveness in the supporting cast.
December 21, 2016
With what lies ahead, moreover, director Vikram Gandhi's modest biopic, Barry, a year in his life, provides a kind of comfort watching.
December 21, 2016
A sharp, well observed picture, one that's not just one president's story but also a sly examination of how race isn't always the major thing that divides us.
December 21, 2016
It's a marvelous movie, made even more so by the time in which it's being released.
December 21, 2016
Ashley Judd provides emotional depth as Barack's mother, and Jason Mitchell and Ellar Coltrane deliver stellar work as friends of Barry's who remind of us of the multiple worlds he inhabits -- and the multiple worlds he will have to navigate.
December 21, 2016
To its credit, "Barry" never aims for profound statements about Obama. Instead, it presents an interesting portrait of someone navigating between cultures in a country that continues to insist on labeling.
December 19, 2016
Much as with Southside With You, Barry is buoyed by its tremendous lead performer.
December 16, 2016
What Barry most captures is an Obama struggling to find his identity and his place in the world, highly attuned to his surroundings.
Top Critic
December 16, 2016
Barry is about someone trying - and often failing - to fuse to any group that will have him. He uses charm like a chisel. He's always hacking into people's armor to convince them he belongs
December 16, 2016
"At the time of his death," Obama would later write, "my father remained a myth to me both more or less than a man." The same is true of the man we see in Barry.
December 16, 2016
[Barry's] search for an identity is the ignition and combustion of the film. The exhaust, however, comes courtesy of Philip Morris. And the odor, like that surrounding the film itself, is of provocation in service of no cogent point.
December 16, 2016
As a movie, that narrative spine is slim, to say the least, making Barry interesting in places but never particularly dramatic or engaging.
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