The Humbling Reviews

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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.
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.
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 26, 2015
King Lear becomes Glee.
January 26, 2015
"The Humbling" reveals an ominous gulf between the director and his theme ...
January 23, 2015
An emotionally uninvolving black comedy about an aged actor who is in a funk about everything.
January 23, 2015
Aging actor blends truth and fantasy in slow, mature drama.
January 23, 2015
The Humbling is going after something interesting - the idea that an actor could spend so many years in fiction that he loses his connection with reality. Sadly, the film fails to explore that concept to its fullest extent. Plus, you know, Birdman.
January 23, 2015
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.
January 22, 2015
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.
January 22, 2015
I am not a fan of voice-over narration or of the lazy use of psychiatrists providing constant commentary on characters and their motivations. This movie has both.
January 22, 2015
Al Pacino's superb performance as an aging, psychologically unraveling actor cannot save this pretentious and flat-footed film.
January 22, 2015
The Humbling is an uneven mess of a film.
January 22, 2015
At times, "The Humbling" seems as though it's hovering in place, with little forward movement or variation. It is not at all times compelling, and sometimes it's dull.
January 21, 2015
With all the talent on tap - including screenwriter Buck Henry, who worked with Michal Zebede to adapt Philip Roth's 2009 novel - you'd think we'd get something better than this outdated indulgence.
January 21, 2015
Philip Roth's original ending is cranked up to 11, flattening the more interesting contours of Al Pacino's performance into a martyr's desperate plea for an audience's love.
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