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.
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.
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.
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 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.
January 23, 2015
An unusually charming dark comedy about an actor teetering on the edges of reality, fantasy and career.
January 22, 2015
The movie is too shrewd to qualify as a jeremiad, but underneath the comedy are boiling undercurrents of anger and despair.
January 22, 2015
An uneven, hit-and-miss affair, but it represents a comeback for Pacino and, to some extent, for Levinson.
January 22, 2015
The Humbling is frisky and buoyant, with laughs that bubble up unpredictably, often when you least expect them.
January 22, 2015
"The Humbling" is not quite a renaissance, but the scrappy effort sizzles with wit and energy more often than it falters.
January 22, 2015
[Barry Levinson] likes to have the camera get drift away from [Al Pacino] as he talks, as though it's even more bored with what he was saying than he is.
January 22, 2015
Pacino in low doses can be fulsome, and this is 10,000 cc's of super-concentrated Al ...
January 21, 2015
For those willing to meet it halfway, this beautifully pedigreed hybrid offers up some real and strange delights.
January 21, 2015
Levinson and Pacino's willingness to explore the creakier end of life isn't a drawback; it's what gives The Humbling its bittersweet vitality.
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