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.
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