• markbotts

    ★★★ Watched by markbotts 07 Nov, 2014

    Family deconstructed.

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  • Rob

    ★★★½ Watched by Rob 21 Sep, 2014

    Interesting auto-biographical film about a young gay man and his constant struggles for a sane life against his mother's artistic, insane, pill-driven ego.

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  • moviemanwill

    ½ Added by moviemanwill

    One of the worst films I've had the displeasure of seeing. No one gets out with all of their dignity in tact except, perhaps, Jill Clayburgh.

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  • Windyblue

    ★★★½ Added by Windyblue

    Warning:
    Depression
    Psychiatric abuse
    Child neglect

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  • Reece Roberts

    ★★★★ Watched by Reece Roberts 05 Aug, 2014

    A pretty entertaining coming of age flick.
    Annette Bening is flawless as usual as an estrange lesbian, pill popping poetry writer.
    Chaotically the plot was a bit of a mess. Fun, though, with a lot of twists and turnings but I couldn't really understand what the thematic statement was.
    I guess it was about family cause it seemed to have a lot to do with that.
    So we'll run with that.

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  • TajLV

    ★½ Added by TajLV

    I really wanted to like this movie. I’d heard good things about the book. But despite my best efforts, I could not identify with any of the characters – not one of them. Good acting (Bening & Clayburgh did their best) cannot make dysfunctional characters likeable. I felt no compassion for 15-yearold Augusten, the main character, whose smoking, class-cutting, self-pity, and vandalism can be explained as reactions to the insanity that surrounds him, but cannot be excused. He is a delinquent,…

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  • Maxwell Elliott

    ★★★ Watched by Maxwell Elliott 16 Mar, 2014

    A chaotic descent into sickness and insanity that, unfortunately, lacks strong direction. Plot threads seem to come and go without reason, and the atmosphere is likewise confused. It wants to be a tragicomedy, but it's not quite one thing or the other. Some sequences are riveting, subtle, and emotionally complex, while others are overblown and lack substance. Some of its most principal characters are often the least developed and interesting, while more noteworthy minor characters get inadequate screen time. It's…

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  • Megan_Maggot

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Megan_Maggot 10 Feb, 2014

    A decent adaptation of Burroughs' popular memoir.

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  • Hannah M

    ★★½ Watched by Hannah M 04 Feb, 2014

    This was written and directed by Ryan Murphy, of Glee fame, and that actually makes total sense. It walks a weird line between comedy and drama, and while I think it's trying to be a Royal Tenenbaums or a Little Miss Sunshine, it just all feels a little disjointed to me. I didn't care about any of the characters except Annette Bening's, and I really only wanted to see her story. Everybody else was kind of mushed together in such…

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  • Dayna Newman

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Dayna Newman 31 Jan, 2014

    Running with Scissors has become one of my favorite movies.
    It's characters are as colorful as a box of crayola crayons and twice as fun.
    The story is heartbreaking as well as heart warming.All set to a fantastic Seventies Soundtrack.
    It's hard to pick out a Stand out because They're all so wonderful.

    Although In my opinion Evan Rachel Wood and Jill Clayburgh were the most effective in their roles. Jill Clayburgh could have overplayed her role but she didn't…

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  • gbaker

    ★★½ Watched by gbaker 18 Jan, 2014

    i don't know what i expected seven years ago when i saw the posters at for this movie at the rialto. but i'm pretty sure i wasn't expecting a disfunctional family memoir filled with mental health issues.

    that's what you get though. big time.

    it was perfectly fine, and the pace was good, but i found it a bit hard to engage with, maybe because i just wanted everyone to clean the bloody house already.

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  • Carl Ingebretsen

    ★★½ Watched by Carl Ingebretsen 05 Nov, 2013

    Running with Scissors is a mess. There's really no other way to say it.

    Filled with great performances and a couple of terrific scenes, but it's all pointless when all they do is wander about on the screen, feeling sorry for themselves, getting depressed, suffering from mental illness and almost kill people (including themselves). That's only half the problem though; the most glaring mistake here is the tone. You're never sure whether you're supposed to laugh at things like Dr.…

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