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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 19 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Rosamund Pike is perfection as Barney's true love, and Dustin Hoffman makes magic as Barney's randy dad. It's acting heaven. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Giamatti and Pike are backed by a strong cast, including Minnie Driver, lots of fun as Barney's Jewish princess second wife. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Paul Giamatti brings just the right blend of irascible charm and caustic intelligence to the role of Barney. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    That rumpled grumpus Paul Giamatti seizes the title role in Barney's Version, summoning irresistibility and irritability to create a character as endearing as he is galling. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    By the time Barney gets one final, heartbreaking chance to screw things up, this rich, satisfying film has you hooked. show more

  • 70
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Barney's Version is too much of a sprawl to have much of a lasting emotional effect. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Giamatti's performance is one of those achievements. He is making a career of playing unremarkable but memorable men. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    That character flaw makes for some great shock-fueled laughs in Lewis' film -- Giamatti does full-on comic rage as well as anyone. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    Driver's over-the-top Jewish Canadian Princess performance is so stereotypical it's downright embarrassing in a film that otherwise treats its imperfect characters with respect even when they're at their worst. show more

  • 75
    Dan Kois Washington Post

    If Richard J. Lewis's film can't re-create the novel's complex stew of grievances, dirty jokes and misremembered anecdotes, it's still a warm tribute. show more

  • January 29, 2012 mhaber8643
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    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 seems to be specializing, in his golden years, at playing overtly Jewish characters, as in \"The Fockers\" movies, and here). Paul G. is a national treasure, enough said. And he can \"do Alzeimer\'s\" ljust like he can do John Adams, or a mobster, or anything: with characterisitc brilliance! But the movie felt like it must be a better novel, so I am going to read Richler, finally...! P.S. Very Canadian, very Montreal, very Leonard Cohen!!!

  • July 19, 2011 sallen2sonn
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    Best movie since \" King\'s Speech.\"

  • July 13, 2011 doncaddy39
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    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 swaldrup
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    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 walks out on the second one on their wedding night to follow another woman. The fact that the woman he is walking out on is a rich, shallow bitch doesn't make it alright. He chose to marry her. Accept that responsibility at least for 24 hours. It seems like I'm supposed to care about him because he has a good relationship with his quirky father. Well, that's not really enough for me.

  • March 14, 2011 ncfrrst
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    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!!!!!

  • March 09, 2011 DCH159
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    Very enjoyable. Some really great lines in here.

  • March 07, 2011 MGAUSS77
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    Great life movie. Great movie. A classic.

  • March 02, 2011 Scott404
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    Five stars. Great story , great acting.

  • March 01, 2011 ktlovesmovies
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    This is an excellent film for anyone who wants to laugh (like, belly laugh) then cry, and also have to think... it is a wonderful film that I would strongly recommend to my friends.

  • February 28, 2011 asarnel
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    This movie was like a good book: I could not put it down! I, and the whole audience, was so into this movie, it kept me on the edge of my seat. There were more people at this show than I have seen in a long, long time. The story was brilliant and the ending was a tear jerker. The acting was amazing. THIS IS A "DON'T MISS" movie! I would have given it six stars!


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