The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Reviews

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April 16, 2009
Shoddy and never credible, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is an ungainly coming-of-age drama based on a (hopefully much better) novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.
April 16, 2009
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh seems to be missing an essential element of drama, of risk, underneath its glossy, golden sheen.
April 13, 2009
The movie is all over the place and it loses its focus.
April 13, 2009
I can't imagine the novel's characters were this flat, formulaic and puzzling in their behavior.
April 10, 2009
The real mystery about The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is how writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber could turn Michael Chabon's delightful debut novel into such a bore.
April 10, 2009
When characters say things like "It's gonna be a great summer," or call someone "Old sport" and act oh-so-beautifully doomed, it's time to call the cliché police.
December 8, 2018
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh fails on its own terms - not just in comparison with its source material.
September 18, 2017
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh would play as weak sauce in any context, but it's especially disappointing coming to theaters on the heels of the similarly themed but superiorly made Adventureland.
March 2, 2011
boring and aimless
August 26, 2009
A mess of a movie, looking to contort Chabon's novel into a darkly personal story of choice and desire. Instead the film sloppily lumbers around in search of a consistent dramatic path. It's handsome enough, just wildly misguided from frame one.
August 11, 2009
...a film largely tedious and empty.
August 11, 2009
The fact is, some novels don't translate well to the screen.
April 23, 2009
Guts the book of complexity and ambiguity and reduces it to another trite coming-of-age story with a badly written voice-over narrative by a boring post-adolescent.
April 17, 2009
Michael Barrett's cinematography gives the film and the city of Pittsburgh just enough of a picturesque dream-like quality that, like its protagonist, you'll remember.
April 16, 2009
[Art] is as passive as Benjamin Button minus the freak-of-nature excuse.
April 15, 2009
Somehow, even as writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber slathers on the voiceover ooze or unwittingly evokes Sophie's Choice with his central romantic triangle, he still manages to astonish with The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
April 11, 2009
Sarsgaard revels in a character who attracts all eyes and mouths, but the narration is too much of an explanatory crutch to parse the roundelay of identity exploration.
April 10, 2009
Here's the big mystery of Pittsburgh: How did this movie manage to be so completely terrible?
April 10, 2009
A misguided head-spinner of conflicting tones, listless lead performances and dashed expectations.
April 10, 2009
When a director has an overinflated conception of the adapted book, we stand a pretty good chance of being really underwhelmed by the completed movie.
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