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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Reviews

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April 10, 2009
Even Chabon fans should avoid this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2009
Only Sarsgaard shows a pulse, creating a self-destructive, omnisexual rogue who, for all his faults, would probably be great company. The same can't be said for the film around him.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 9, 2009
At any middling arthouse festival, films like this are four for a dollar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2009
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a coming-of-ager that nearly slaughters you by minute 30 with the relentlessness of its protagonist's voiceovers, as scripted--with reverence and without cinematic wiles--by director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2009
Michael Chabon's earnest first novel from 1988 about a young man's bisexual coming of age is now what could pass for a flavorless pilot for the CW.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 9, 2009
Too busy for three mediocre movies? Watch this gonzo drama -- a coming-of-age Mafia bisexual love triangle that's simultaneously bizarre and trite.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 9, 2009
That one special summer after college wherein boys become men and learn about the dark doings of the world is herein re-enacted to particularly wan, if determinedly literary, effect.
April 9, 2009
The movie is all the more artificial because it has been made with great, almost painful, earnestness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 8, 2009
Despite the best of intentions and interesting source material, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is a misfire on several levels.
April 8, 2009
A stillborn rendering of Michael Chabon's first novel.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 8, 2009
Devotees of Chabon will find particular points on which to disdain Thurber's treatment -- for the uninitiated, it's enough to feel the howling gulf between intention and what's actually on-screen.
April 7, 2009
At best a sincere show of flattening, at worst a colossal bore of a coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 6, 2009
Over-compressed and unoriginal, Thurber's movie of Chabon's novel has turned an imaginative book into ordinary cinema.
April 6, 2009
A surefooted screen translation of Michael Chabon's beloved 1988 debut novel.
March 31, 2009
Poor performances by lesser-known co-leads Jon Foster and Sienna Miller, and sporadic storytelling with only a sliver of the emotional depth of Chabon's beloved book, wipes away any positives...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 16, 2008
... almost indistinguishable from any other portrait of the aimless American male who is jolted from passivity to action by a reckless pal.
January 31, 2008
Comb through the program guide at any independent film festival and you'll find 10 movies exactly like this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 28, 2008
I can automatically assume that the characters are a lot more multi-dimensional in Chabon's book -- because in the movie they're pretty much a bunch of paper-doll cutouts
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 22, 2008
It's the players that invigorate The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and keenly flesh-out its emotional dimensions.
April 10, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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