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Running With Scissors Reviews

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October 30, 2006
To cut to the chase, Burroughs' movie memoir runs out of inspiration before he takes a stab at adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 30, 2006
when all is said and done, the reaction of most viewers to 'Scissors' is more likely to be 'huh?' than it is 'ha ha.' The longer the movie goes on, the weaker its grasp on the emotions becomes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 30, 2006
Murphy's take on Burroughs' hellish childhood is tonally fractured, unleavened with black-as-pitch gallows yuks and -- very nearly its saving grace - a series of performances that pitch and yaw between 'normal' and utterly mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2006
As dysfunctional family movies go, this is one skip. It doesn't just run with the scissors, it falls on them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2006
I've often wondered how Burroughs' scathing ruminations would translate to the big screen and now I know: not that well.
| Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2006
Running With Scissors fails to make the cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2006
As brought to the screen by writer-director Ryan Murphy, Running with Scissors works best in the opening scenes when Augusten is still very young.
Read More | Original Score: 5/10
October 27, 2006
Bening, who took a break from acting for a few years to raise her children, is absolutely perfect as a Valium-slowed walking time bomb.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
October 27, 2006
Running with Scissors looks great, and works fine when Bening is on screen; otherwise, it's off-balance, teetering where it should hold steady.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 27, 2006
[Director] Murphy (TV's Nip/Tuck) nails a scene here and there, but fails to make this tale of epic abuse either instructive or meaningful, and his evocation of a period he's too young to remember rings false at every turn.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 27, 2006
Based on the nimbly-written, hilarious, moving and terrifying best-selling Augusten Burroughs memoir, it's a tale that incorporates drug addiction, pedophilia, mental illness, the ordeal of surviving a nightmare childhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 27, 2006
Uneven. Haphazard. Spirit-deflating.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 27, 2006
The gang in this oddly entertaining film makes The Royal Tenenbaums and The Addams Family appear as normal as Ozzie and Harriet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 27, 2006
If the book was deadpan, the movie is more -- or less -- dead.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2006
This is admittedly tricky territory, tough to do well under any circumstance. But it was done well, just a year ago, in The Squid and the Whale, and in only 85 minutes. Rent that, skip this.
October 27, 2006
This is an Igby Goes Down without the laughs, a morbid miscalculation of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou size.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 27, 2006
Episodic, shallow and so bizarre that it's almost surreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
October 27, 2006
The film trips over its willy-nilly story line and falls on its own blade.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2006
What worked on the page for countless readers feels fey and slight in a film that is as dominated by Bening's performance as this young boy apparently was by his mother.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 27, 2006
Anyone who has watched 10 minutes of Nip/Tuck knows [director] Murphy is adept at cramming all sorts of weirdness into a couple of hours, but in Running With Scissors he turns out to be inexplicably squeamish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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