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The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Reviews

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 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
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
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
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
April 10, 2009
A clumsy and confused adaptation of Michael Chabon's 1988 novel.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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
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
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 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.