Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Reviews

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.
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.
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 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.
September 25, 2009
It's an undeniably ambitious, if uneven, effort. Some of Krasinski's directorial flourishes are inspired, such as Christopher Meloni's imaginative re-telling (and offbeat re-enacting) about a woman he met as she stood crying at the airport.
September 25, 2009
Compacted into an 80-minute mishmash of interviews, confessions and sketches, melded into a shaky mosaic, the answers from a cross section of men are shallow, self-serving and ultimately unenlightening.
September 25, 2009
These performers, as inspired as some of them are, spoil a sinister book with earnest acting.
September 23, 2009
Krasinski preserves Wallace's whooshing roller coasters of words, powered by the fuel of confession.
September 23, 2009
Whatever it was about Hideous Men that so deeply affected Krasinski the college student has been lost in translation.
September 23, 2009
The question is, could someone turn these full-frontal-dudity snapshots into a satisfying, cohesive movie? Answer: no, but not for lack of trying.
September 21, 2009
John Krasinski's adaptation of David Foster Wallace's ... Brief Interviews With Hideous Men works only in spurts, but when it does, it's enough to remind us how much deeper our dramatists could drill -- and of the magnitude of Wallace's loss.