Beyond Therapy Reviews

  • Apr 07, 2012

    In the 1980s Robert Altman released a string of films that were based on popular plays, "Beyond Therapy" was one of them. While the film has some laugh out loud moments, some very funny dialogue and extremely spirited and zany performances, Altman's lack of narrative focus ultimately hurts the film. Altman's directorial voice is lost here, because in all honesty, this seems like a direct copy of a Woody Allen picture. There isn't much originality to speak of. Plus, with a film that contains such an array of wackos, you need something for the audience to ground themselves in, and "Beyond Therapy" has none of that- no every man, no coherent arc. This is a funny but extremely unfocused and messy film.

    In the 1980s Robert Altman released a string of films that were based on popular plays, "Beyond Therapy" was one of them. While the film has some laugh out loud moments, some very funny dialogue and extremely spirited and zany performances, Altman's lack of narrative focus ultimately hurts the film. Altman's directorial voice is lost here, because in all honesty, this seems like a direct copy of a Woody Allen picture. There isn't much originality to speak of. Plus, with a film that contains such an array of wackos, you need something for the audience to ground themselves in, and "Beyond Therapy" has none of that- no every man, no coherent arc. This is a funny but extremely unfocused and messy film.

  • Oct 20, 2011

    a film based on the play by christopher durang!

    a film based on the play by christopher durang!

  • Aug 20, 2011

    ★1/2 (out of four) Director Robert Altman is among my Top Five favorite directors of all time. So it pains me to give such a horrible review to one of his movies. But, "Beyond Therapy" is beyond praise. It may hold the distinction of being Altman's worst film of his career. Jeff Goldblum plays a successful New Yorker who has grown tired of his live-in partner (Christopher Guest). He takes out an ad in the personals section and begins seeing a perky young woman (Lulie Hagerty) They turn out to be a terrible match. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/BeyondTherapy.jpg[/IMG] Based on the play, the set-up just doesn't work and Altman's usual free-flowing dialogue and structure feels out of place in the constructed story.

    ★1/2 (out of four) Director Robert Altman is among my Top Five favorite directors of all time. So it pains me to give such a horrible review to one of his movies. But, "Beyond Therapy" is beyond praise. It may hold the distinction of being Altman's worst film of his career. Jeff Goldblum plays a successful New Yorker who has grown tired of his live-in partner (Christopher Guest). He takes out an ad in the personals section and begins seeing a perky young woman (Lulie Hagerty) They turn out to be a terrible match. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/BeyondTherapy.jpg[/IMG] Based on the play, the set-up just doesn't work and Altman's usual free-flowing dialogue and structure feels out of place in the constructed story.

  • Steven C Super Reviewer
    May 07, 2011

    In the 1980s Robert Altman released a string of films that were based on popular plays, "Beyond Therapy" was one of them. While the film has some laugh out loud moments, some very funny dialogue and extremely spirited and zany performances, Altman's lack of narrative focus ultimately hurts the film. Altman's directorial voice is lost here, because in all honesty, this seems like a direct copy of a Woody Allen picture. There isn't much originality to speak of. Plus, with a film that contains such an array of wackos, you need something for the audience to ground themselves in, and "Beyond Therapy" has none of that- no every man, no coherent arc. This is a funny but extremely unfocused and messy film.

    In the 1980s Robert Altman released a string of films that were based on popular plays, "Beyond Therapy" was one of them. While the film has some laugh out loud moments, some very funny dialogue and extremely spirited and zany performances, Altman's lack of narrative focus ultimately hurts the film. Altman's directorial voice is lost here, because in all honesty, this seems like a direct copy of a Woody Allen picture. There isn't much originality to speak of. Plus, with a film that contains such an array of wackos, you need something for the audience to ground themselves in, and "Beyond Therapy" has none of that- no every man, no coherent arc. This is a funny but extremely unfocused and messy film.

  • Jun 22, 2010

    This movie is like an exercise in insanity...

    This movie is like an exercise in insanity...

  • Mar 10, 2010

    It's hard to muck up Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Guest (though Guest would later perfect this gay character in Waiting or Guffman), but the material is extremely hit or miss, and when it misses, oh boy. Altman has fun with cutaways to a weird Michael Berryman lookin' motherfucker in the restaurant scenes, but aside from that he doesn't do much to lift up the material... no, actually, there's a really friggin' bizarre climactic slow-motion shoot-out that goes on for so long it comments on itself, which is nice, but then is brought to a halt by the very unfunny Julie Hagerty. There's a reason now, I guess, I only know her from Airplane!

    It's hard to muck up Jeff Goldblum and Christopher Guest (though Guest would later perfect this gay character in Waiting or Guffman), but the material is extremely hit or miss, and when it misses, oh boy. Altman has fun with cutaways to a weird Michael Berryman lookin' motherfucker in the restaurant scenes, but aside from that he doesn't do much to lift up the material... no, actually, there's a really friggin' bizarre climactic slow-motion shoot-out that goes on for so long it comments on itself, which is nice, but then is brought to a halt by the very unfunny Julie Hagerty. There's a reason now, I guess, I only know her from Airplane!

  • Jan 23, 2008

    A lesser Altman, bit dated, but funny. AND CGuests character is hilarious!!

    A lesser Altman, bit dated, but funny. AND CGuests character is hilarious!!

  • Dec 29, 2007

    Unfortunately not even nearly as funny as the original play. They got it all wrong.

    Unfortunately not even nearly as funny as the original play. They got it all wrong.

  • Nov 13, 2007

    This film is a scream. I don't know why people don't like it.

    This film is a scream. I don't know why people don't like it.

  • Oct 25, 2007

    The worst movie Altman ever made. The only Altman movie I have no desire to ever watch again. Even Christopher Guest's very very Corky St. Clair type part is just not funny. Nothing in this movie is funny. Altman's ear for this sort of comedy is not just flat -- it's missing. (That's a "Vincent and Theo" joke, folks.)

    The worst movie Altman ever made. The only Altman movie I have no desire to ever watch again. Even Christopher Guest's very very Corky St. Clair type part is just not funny. Nothing in this movie is funny. Altman's ear for this sort of comedy is not just flat -- it's missing. (That's a "Vincent and Theo" joke, folks.)