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Barney's Version


Rated R for language and some sexual content.

R In Theaters 01/14/2011 , 132min.
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Critic score based on 33 reviews

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January 29, 2012
I knew it had to come from a very good novel, and wasn't suprised that it was from Mordecia Richler, a name I have loved ever since \"The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz\"- the movie version, that is- as I can't say I ever read his books. But I felt this rich, at times, overdone, vein of \"Jewishkeit\" throughout the film, especially from Dustin Hoffman as the father (who
July 19, 2011
Best movie since \" King's Speech.\"
July 13, 2011
At first I thought the characters in Barney's Version were all self-involved nincompoops, but then Barney fell in love for real. He had a wonderful marriage which changed him into a much better person. At the movie I was crying because I really felt compassion for all the characters especially Barney. Great acting is what makes the audience cry. Bravo!
March 18, 2011
Wow! I HATED this movie. It's grossly misogynistic, unrealistic, and I had to spent 2 hours with a group of really hateful, rude people that I wouldn't want to have dinner with, much less watch their life stories. I don't have any idea why I should care about this drunken schlub who marries 2 absolutely ridiculous, awful women and then
March 14, 2011
Great movie about lifes wins and losses. Has the feeling of drama epic in scope and emotional undertow. A kind of Terms Of Endearment feel to it but dissimiar story lines. The ending is real kleenex time for those who love to be moved emotionally. Great soundtrack too. A real winner!!!!!

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
In spite of Mr. Giamatti's ferociously energetic performance Barney's Version never figures out just who Barney is. Full Review
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine
Barney's Version is one of those rare films whose caricature of life undeniably illuminates. It's the vivid story of the topsy-turvy character so flawed you love him despite yourself. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
Whatever the film's flaws, and like its protagonist, there are times when things get a bit out of control, watching Giamatti use Barney to wrestle with success, failure, friendship, love and increasingly with time is exhilarating. Full Review
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
Whatever it is, Giamatti finds it and sells it. And despite a few dead ends with the story, I'm buying. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Paul Giamatti brings just the right blend of irascible charm and caustic intelligence to the role of Barney. Full Review
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