The Humbling Reviews

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October 17, 2017
Shot on a minimal budget by Barry Levinson from a script by Buck Henry, all doing their best work in years.
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
"The Humbling" reveals an ominous gulf between the director and his theme ...
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 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
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
"The Humbling" is not quite a renaissance, but the scrappy effort sizzles with wit and energy more often than it falters.
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 22, 2015
Pacino in low doses can be fulsome, and this is 10,000 cc's of super-concentrated Al ...
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who worked with Michal Zebede to adapt Philip Roth's 2009 novel - you'd think we'd get something better than this outdated indulgence.
Top Critic
January 21, 2015
Be forewarned: It is dreadful.
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.
January 20, 2015
The only upside here is the acting... The rest is an irredeemable mess.
January 20, 2015
Uneven but captivating.
January 16, 2015
All of the actors are at their comic peak.
December 4, 2014
If you can adjust to the film's uneven rhythms and often illusory vibe, there's a treasure trove of off-kilter humor, affecting pathos and first-class acting to be savored.
Top Critic
September 11, 2014
The Humbling is interesting only in how it fits into the filmography of its major talents.
September 10, 2014
Maybe the best thing Al Pacino has done has done this century
September 2, 2014
It's a boldly unconventional film from Barry Levinson ... But ultimately he takes its cloudy vagueness too far. The Humbling could also be called The Bewildering.
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