The Humbling (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Humbling is an inarguable highlight of Al Pacino's late-period filmography, but that's an admittedly low bar that it doesn't always clear by a very wide margin.

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Over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler struggles to find his passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian Pegeen Stapleford, but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen.

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Simon Axler
Kyra Sedgwick
as Louise Trenner
Dylan Baker
as Dr. Farr
Ricky Paull Goldin
as The Director
Li Jun Li
as Tracy
Emily Dorsch
as Police Woman
Katrina E. Perkins
as Art Teacher (as Katrina Elizabeth Perkins)
Angela Cohen
as Cordelia
Tim Falter
as Mental Hospital Visitor
Otoja Abit
as Man in Therapy
Jennifer Regan
as Vet Nurse
Karah Serine
as Mental Patient
Derrick Arthur
as Stage Manager
Steve Rosen
as Stage Manager
Angelica Guillen
as Theatre Audience
Suzan Perry
as Nurse/Receptionist
Adam Lubarsky
as Restaurant Waiter
Rebecka Ray
as Orthopedic Nurse
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This is Pacino's best film performance in years. In playing an actor who has lost the art of fooling himself, he reveals with mordant wit the terrors of diminished capacity. To watch him do it is a master class.

Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"The Humbling" reveals an ominous gulf between the director and his theme ...

Jan 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Pacino gives a refreshingly quiet and understated performance with poignant moments of vulnerability. It is the most consistent factor in a film that is frustratingly inconsistent.

Jan 23, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An unusually charming dark comedy about an actor teetering on the edges of reality, fantasy and career.

Jan 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie is too shrewd to qualify as a jeremiad, but underneath the comedy are boiling undercurrents of anger and despair.

Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…

If you liked Birdman, you also might like seeing Al Pacino playing a delusional, indeed hallucinatory, actor trying to save his soul and his onstage career in the sort-of-comedy The Humbling. Or you might not.

Jan 22, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
Toronto Sun
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