The Humbling Reviews

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December 8, 2019
With the intimacy of a theatre piece, [Barry] Levinson and company play with the idea of art imitating life imitating art. Always bordering on the edge of fantasy and reality, insanity and sanity, the Humbling is contemplative and reflective.
July 18, 2019
Often absurd, biting, and offbeat in ways that are surprising and often refreshing.
December 8, 2018
For all the positive aspects of THE HUMBLING, some scenes bog down the narrative.
October 17, 2017
Shot on a minimal budget by Barry Levinson from a script by Buck Henry, all doing their best work in years.
October 12, 2017
... Barry Levinson's bizarre, blundering, pointless misreading of Philip Roth's penultimate novel.
August 3, 2017
[The Humbling] is too impolitic to be celebrated in art-house theaters and too esoteric to be featured in today's sequel-driven multiplexes.
May 30, 2016
In the end, 'The Humbling' is one of those movies where the "plot" is far less interesting than what the movie is "about" - and in this case, it's about acting in general and Al Pacino in particular.
May 22, 2016
It definitely seems like there is a thin line between method acting and insanity in The Humbling.
March 15, 2016
A melancholic alternation of bitter and comedic sketches, all resolutely low-key and wildly uneven.
December 31, 2015
It's a mopey, silly situation, whose only tension comes from our perpetual fear that Levinson is about to make us watch a somber drama copulating with a farce.
December 18, 2015
This is really two stories: one about an old guy trying to prove he's still got it sexually speaking, and the other about an artist losing a grip on his craft. The latter plot point is decent. The former? Yuck.
April 28, 2015
A messy movie but also a thrilling one, grappling with diminished talents and vanishing virility in brutally honest ways that show up the similarly-themed Birdman as a cheap parlor trick.
February 2, 2015
There is, needless to say, an overall disconnect between every facet of the story and every other.
January 29, 2015
Comes across as indulgent, finding Levinson unwilling to give the picture focus when he finds a haze of behaviors and broad performances much more appealing.
January 29, 2015
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.
January 26, 2015
Better than Birdman, with its more poignant, less pretentious introspective grasp of the raw, revealing truths connected to the ironic and elusive notions of art, existence, self-worth, and fame. And, when not just simply deliciously weird and wicked fun.
January 26, 2015
King Lear becomes Glee.
January 26, 2015
"The Humbling" reveals an ominous gulf between the director and his theme ...
January 23, 2015
It's a worthwhile showcase for Pacino, whose thoughtful portrayal of a washed-up stage actor is both contemplative and darkly comical.
January 23, 2015
Pacino excels in "The Humbling," a complex drama which seems, almost, tailor-made for the actor.
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