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Being Flynn Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
De Niro has succumbed to the false perception that 'great acting' is synonymous with screaming and yelling every line like your career depended on it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
Being Flynn is too dark to appeal to the faint of heart and too safe to draw in those looking for an honest portrayal of a troubled father-son relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
August 25, 2012
It's a shame the studio didn't choose to keep the original title of the book in place, Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City would have been quite fitting for the film.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
February 27, 2012
If Robert De Niro knew what was good for him, he'd certainly distance himself from this director and find a new path.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 19, 2012
To his credit, De Niro actually gives a committed performance for a change. But that doesn't mean what it once did.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
March 2, 2012
Writer-director Paul Weitz can't make the solipsistic central protagonists interesting, even though his best films (About a Boy, In Good Company) deal with surrogate father-son relationships.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 1, 2012
The movie's emotional content was manifest as an absence. What stayed with me most memorably was the father's insufferable bombast and the son's sad passivity.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 1, 2012
The film is so bent on reflecting its abrasive main characters' psychological states that it's often insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 22, 2012
De Niro's blustering doesn't help and neither does the sentimental take on his possibly insoluble problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 1, 2012
For all its good intentions and talented performers and filmmakers, "Being Flynn" leaves you feeling as if everyone is trying a little too hard. Sometimes, less really is more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
February 28, 2012
What the actors are unable to get across emotionally (which is a lot-Dano and De Niro, both of them all big actorly tics, often seem like they were filmed in different rooms), Weitz hammers home via near-constant music.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 1, 2012
De Niro is fully committed, and few things are more watchable than when he gets cranky. Dano, though, is miscast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
Heads downward in every sense of the word.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 29, 2012
Ultimately, being either Flynn doesn't seem terribly appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 1, 2012
Weitz...began adapting Flynn's book for the screen eight years ago. It's too bad that he didn't figure out in the ensuing years that it was not worth his efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 9, 2012
It takes a great deal of skill to pull off an effective comedy-drama, with generous amounts of both laughter and tears. Being Flynn is admirable for trying, but it doesn't quite succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 8, 2012
Functions decently as About a Family without properly exploring the dad and son individually.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 13, 2012
Eventually, the movie warps in on itself and becomes its own parody: an overly pretentious movie about an overly pretentious writer, which is not very well written at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 2, 2012
The real coup de grace for this would-be serious-minded drama is the sledgehammer-subtle direction of Paul Weitz...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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