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Being There Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
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
Top Critic
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine
July 8, 2014
Here is a comedy that valiantly defies both gravity and the latest Hollywood fashion.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
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

People Magazine
July 8, 2014
The movie's main effect is to confirm how versatile Sellers has always been.

Total Film
July 8, 2014
A Gumpish plot? Perhaps, but Being There is much more subtle and enigmatic than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 26, 2012
Peter Sellers gives a stellar performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Amazingly poignant performance by Peter Sellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 20, 2009
a product not of Ashby's essential modesty but of Kosinski's essential egoism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
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.
| Original Score: 86/100
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 6, 2009
It's perhaps the great comic actor's most emotionally moving role.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
February 5, 2009
Ground Zero for the cult of Sellers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 4, 2009
A placid, poignant, well-kept secret of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 29, 2009 of the shrewdest, funniest, and most touching sociopolitical satires in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
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

TV Guide
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
Top Critic
Variety Staff
October 31, 2007
A highly unusual and an unusually fine film.
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