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Being There Reviews

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December 19, 2016
Sellers has never been better and he embellishes the detached, childlike innocence of this character with perfect style and timing. It's a deceptively simple performance, but it is essentially the core and substance of the film.
October 20, 2014
Even in a chilly movie like this, deaths have resonance (whether they're on camera, or off).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2014
Here is a comedy that valiantly defies both gravity and the latest Hollywood fashion.
July 8, 2014
Hal Ashby's satirical parable on the way the USA surrenders itself to homespun evangelicalism gives Peter Sellers the role of a lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2014
The movie's main effect is to confirm how versatile Sellers has always been.
July 8, 2014
A Gumpish plot? Perhaps, but Being There is much more subtle and enigmatic than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 26, 2012
Peter Sellers gives a stellar performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 2, 2011
Amazingly poignant performance by Peter Sellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2009
a product not of Ashby's essential modesty but of Kosinski's essential egoism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 27, 2009
If you are going to see only one Peter Sellers movie, see Dr. Strangelove, but if you're going to see two, then Being There also belongs on your must-see list.
Read More | Original Score: 86/100
March 5, 2009
While the story is utterly ridiculous, since not everyone would be fooled all the time, it still works as a charming work of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 6, 2009
Sellers uses simple looks and gestures to bring light to some very serious situations. At many points it's like he's in a trance, truly embodying Chance.
February 6, 2009
It's perhaps the great comic actor's most emotionally moving role.
February 5, 2009
Ground Zero for the cult of Sellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 4, 2009
A placid, poignant, well-kept secret of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 31, 2009
Whether Being There is an indictment of our narrow view of the world, a celebration of empty-headedness or all of the above, "Life is a state of mind," and Ashby's film is a gift to treasure. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 29, 2009 of the shrewdest, funniest, and most touching sociopolitical satires in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 15, 2008
So anti-Tom Hanks it ain't funny.
| Original Score: 5/5
October 31, 2007
Peter Sellers' peculiar talents are ideally suited to the role of the idiot savant, and despite the Oscar going to co-star Douglas, his is the standout performance of a fascinating, funny film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 31, 2007
Jerzy Kosinski's modern fable gets a terrific translation to the screen due to his tight screenplay, capable direction by Ashby, and a marvelous performance by Sellers, one unlike any other in his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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