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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 2, 2011
boring and aimless
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 11, 2009
The fact is, some novels don't translate well to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Lowman
Los Angeles Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
April 16, 2009
[Art] is as passive as Benjamin Button minus the freak-of-nature excuse.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Zak
Washington Post
April 16, 2009
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh seems to be missing an essential element of drama, of risk, underneath its glossy, golden sheen.
Mark Peikert
New York Press
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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
The movie is all over the place and it loses its focus.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
April 13, 2009
I can't imagine the novel's characters were this flat, formulaic and puzzling in their behavior.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 10, 2009
Here's the big mystery of Pittsburgh: How did this movie manage to be so completely terrible?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
April 10, 2009
A misguided head-spinner of conflicting tones, listless lead performances and dashed expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
April 10, 2009
The charm and drily pointed cultural observations that made Chabon's 1988 debut so auspicious are largely missing in action throughout this earnest but unconvincing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 10, 2009
Sarsgaard is the only interesting element, but he doesn't make the movie worth seeing.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 10, 2009
A clumsy and confused adaptation of Michael Chabon's 1988 novel.
| Original Score: 1/5
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