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.
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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2009
A clumsy and confused adaptation of Michael Chabon's 1988 novel.
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.