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Running With Scissors Reviews

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Cole Smithey
April 24, 2009
Based on Augusten Burrough's memoir, "Running With Scissors" traverses the '70's American zeitgeist in eccentric personal terms when the American dream plummeted into horror with the aid of prescription drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Mendelson
April 25, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 23, 2007
For every aspect that is depressing, there something that is fresh and uplifting, and it is credit to writer director Ryan Murphy for capturing the mood of Burroughs' book so faithfully.
Top Critic
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
December 1, 2006
Murphy's adaptation is bright, lively and fast-paced, but the movie is relentless in its outlandishness.
Pete Hammond
November 6, 2006
This may be Annette Bening's finest screen work ever.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 1, 2006
It's a film about dreams, about gurus and disciples, about self-centered people destroying each other. Yes, it can make you laugh, but it breaks your heart at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
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
Lee Grant
San Diego Union-Tribune
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
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
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
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 27, 2006
It's one of the most clear-headed -- and twistedly entertaining -- views of drug dependency and insanity I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 27, 2006
A mood-swinging, often amusing version of Augusten Burroughs' tart, best-selling memoir.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 27, 2006
The movie lacks the immediacy of other tales of suburban dysfunction, such as American Beauty, but the performances carry it along swiftly.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 27, 2006
Brilliant performances are not enough to make up for a story that is no deeper than the perky 70's hits on the soundtrack. The actors fill the characters with life and conflict. But they can't fill the movie, which feels hollow.
| Original Score: B
Willie Waffle
October 26, 2006
Running With Scissors has one of the most talented casts in any movie you will see this year, led by sure thing Oscar nominee Annette Benning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 26, 2006
When Bening is all wound up and blowing the rafters off as the demented, repulsive/charming, self-deluded Dierdre, the movie has an engine. You may not approve, but the great Bening is so captivating you cannot look away.
Phoebe Flowers
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
October 26, 2006
Taken as a whole, Running With Scissors is dysfunction rendered lovingly and gracefully.
| Original Score: 3/4
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
October 26, 2006
The most important quality of the memoir -- the ability to compose scenes that are at once hilarious and disturbing, exhilarating and depressing -- is here in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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