Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Reviews

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October 25, 2019
The urgency of the tales gets lost along the way, weighed down by staginess and an inconsistent tone, although Krasinski's ambition suggests a noble failure.
December 12, 2015
[Brief Interviews] is within the limits of the medium, a rigorous record of the process of thought.
December 9, 2011
...far more successful as an actor's showcase than as a fully-realized movie...
December 30, 2010
Intense look at gender and relationships is best for adults.
July 4, 2010
Faced with the unenviable choice between honoring his daunting inspiration and telling his own story, the director shoots straight down the middle -- and misses both targets.
March 25, 2010
John Krasinski takes a distinct, deliberate step away from romantic comedies for a darkly comic look at human interaction.
March 19, 2010
Everywhere this poor lady tries to go, there's always a guy or two loudly performing a David Foster Wallace monologue within earshot.
November 30, 2009
Painfully pretentious and shallow.
November 13, 2009
Krasinski re-creates the interviews using Wallace's original, but this isn't exactly a letter-of-the-law adaptation -- he tightens the interviews and defangs some of the language.
November 12, 2009
Offers is the opportunity for a bunch of actors, many of them tethered to TV series, to deliver theatrical monologues pulsing with misogyny and narcissism. It's like second-rate Neil Labute.
November 5, 2009
The place where consciousness runs into itself is where this author reigned supreme, and Krasinski brings Wallace's concentric, self-aware ironies to the screen.
October 31, 2009
The movie provides more questions than answers.
October 12, 2009
A haunting exploration into men's minds that becomes too much of a psychological study to qualify as accessible entertainment for most.
September 28, 2009
I worry that this film is static enough and stiff enough that it's going to keep people away from discovering David Foster Wallace if they haven't read him.
September 28, 2009
Tthough this experiment doesn't quite succeed, there's enough intelligence and insight in this movie to make it worth the attempt.
September 28, 2009
[Krasinski's] generosity of intent is really the main impression that remains. He read, he loved, and unfortunately, he did not conquer.
September 27, 2009
Too awkward, disjointed and bland while lacking dramatic momentum and true insight.
September 25, 2009
Actor John Krasinski deserves credit for having the ambition to adapt material as difficult as David Foster Wallace's short stories.
September 25, 2009
Krasinski literalizes Wallace's stylistic love of asides too much, but it helps that he's aware enough of his movie's limitations to keep Brief Interviews blessedly short.
September 25, 2009
Everyone speaks in the sweatily polysyllabic, Look-at-This-Writing-I'm-Doing tone that makes a page of Wallace pass like an hour on the treadmill, and the men are dopes or creeps.
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