Based on a memoir by Nick Flynn.
" There is honest feeling, genuine humanity and real intelligence in this movie, but there is also a sense of caution, of indecisiveness, that undermines its potential power. "
" Weitz...began adapting Flynn's book for the screen eight years ago. It's too bad that he didn't figure out in the ensuing years that it was not worth his efforts. "
" Writer-director Paul Weitz can't make the solipsistic central protagonists interesting, even though his best films (About a Boy, In Good Company) deal with surrogate father-son relationships. "
" "Being Flynn'' is earnest to a fault, and it offers the now-rare sight of De Niro giving an actual performance. "
" Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast. "
" For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland. "
" The movie's emotional content was manifest as an absence. What stayed with me most memorably was the father's insufferable bombast and the son's sad passivity. "
" A handful of acting moments aside, "Being Flynn" is a drama without much in the way of rewards. "
" A little more nuance would benefit the film, which eventually starts to feel belabored, even bleak. "
" Heads downward in every sense of the word. "
" With a chilly color palette and a suitably melancholy score, Being Flynn does a decent job of finding its own poetry in the way that its characters write, and rewrite, and revise their own lives. "
" I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite. "
" Yes, it has a fine performance by De Niro. Yes, it briefly brings us into the middle of a homeless hell. "
" To summon up his most iconic role must represent De Niro's faith in this film. "
" He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves. "
" It's easy to imagine Being Flynn's story turning precious in the wrong hands, but Weitz and his cast spin it just right - as a narrative that is both emotionally real, and just writerly enough to suit its leading men. "
" What's so satisfying about Weitz films like this one is how his lost boys and lost adults find themselves in the awkward dance of intimacy. "
" The story is gripping, compelling. One wonders what De Niro might have done with such a role 30, 35 years ago. "
" It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on. "
" The real coup de grace for this would-be serious-minded drama is the sledgehammer-subtle direction of Paul Weitz... "
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