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Running With Scissors Reviews

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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
August 7, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 25, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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.
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
December 1, 2006
Murphy's adaptation is bright, lively and fast-paced, but the movie is relentless in its outlandishness.
November 6, 2006
This may be Annette Bening's finest screen work ever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
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
October 27, 2006
A mood-swinging, often amusing version of Augusten Burroughs' tart, best-selling memoir.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
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.
October 26, 2006
Taken as a whole, Running With Scissors is dysfunction rendered lovingly and gracefully.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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