Brad's Status Reviews

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January 5, 2018
The self-pitying white man may not deserve our pity, but Stiller wins it anyway.
January 4, 2018
It is an introspective and downbeat film, but forceful and personal, with excruciating and all-too-real moments of mortification. And it can be weirdly moving, almost out of nowhere.
January 3, 2018
Cheer up, Brad. You're doing okay.
November 8, 2017
Brad's self-pity is absurd, yet we're seemingly meant to sympathise as he mourns his lost promise; his voiceover ruminations about falling out of love with the world have the ring of Terrence Malick at his worst.
September 22, 2017
We knew this guy was a forgettable jerk not worth our time five minutes into this movie.
September 22, 2017
Has there ever been a face more suited to male anxiety than Ben Stiller's?
September 22, 2017
Stiller is in prime form here, smart and self-pitying in a way that's quintessentially his own.
September 22, 2017
Although the pacing is uneven, the end result satisfies. The movie may be marketed to art house audiences but it has something to say to (and about) us all.
September 21, 2017
This is the rare mainstream film that addresses the complexities of real life. "Brad's Status" may motivate you to question your own.
September 21, 2017
Ben Stiller plays the neurotic well, and he is excellent here as Brad; Austin Abrams is fantastic as the laid-back son with a clear-eyed vision of how the world works.
September 21, 2017
White - whose writing credits include Chuck & Buck (in which he starred) and Nacho Libre - has made his most mature and achingly truthful film yet.
September 21, 2017
... the best performance, appropriately, comes from the actor you probably haven't heard of: Austin Abrams...
September 21, 2017
"Brad's Status" gives full voice to ... midlife worries, but also to the reassurance that it's possible to recognize the things that really matter.
September 21, 2017
It's a reality that might best be encountered when you're in the right mood for it.
September 21, 2017
An illuminating and sometimes annoying anatomy of a narcissistic midlife crisis ...
September 21, 2017
Ben Stiller gives a remarkable performance in "Brad's Status," particularly considering that you want to strangle him for most of the movie.
September 20, 2017
Some of [Ben] Stiller's best performances have been in roles where he inhabits a kind, gentle neuroticism, uncomfortable in his own skin but never wanting to make anyone else too uncomfortable.
Top Critic
September 18, 2017
Stiller does this kind of self-conscious neurotic to perfection, but this time he is subtler than ever, achieving a nuance that is something of a first.
September 18, 2017
The story is told from Brad's point of view, and the movie is filled with his voice-over musings, fantasy sequences, and flashbacks, but it remains oddly impersonal.
September 16, 2017
Brad's Status remains grounded in reality - it's gentle, human and unresolved. I loved it, but I don't think I'll ever be able to watch it again.
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