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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Reviews

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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
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 10, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 6, 2009
A surefooted screen translation of Michael Chabon's beloved 1988 debut novel.
January 22, 2008
It's the players that invigorate The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and keenly flesh-out its emotional dimensions.
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
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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+
August 11, 2009
The fact is, some novels don't translate well to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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
April 16, 2009
[Art] is as passive as Benjamin Button minus the freak-of-nature excuse.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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 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
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
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
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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