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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Too much manic energy runs the movie off the rails. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A wildly erratic, often annoying but never boring endeavor. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Running With Scissors lacks the edge of Augusten Burroughs' best-selling memoir. The result is an inconsistent tragicomedy that attempts to be cut from the same darkly humorous cloth as "American Beauty," but fails. show more

  • 50
    Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Bening takes her part and acts it all over the place, while Ms. Paltrow and Ms. Wood do their best theater of the absurd. It is left to Ms. Clayburgh, in a performance free of vanity and artifice, to find the movie's heart. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A reasonable facsimile of a perversely funny book whose odd characters are given life by a terrific cast. show more

  • 60
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Too outlandish to be fully convincing, this adaptation of the best-selling memoir sacrifices subtlety for broad laughs. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    While Murphy never manages to make this crazy quilt dramatically credible, he does hit the mark for laughs and has written some juicy scenes for his excellent cast. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Wears a deep and sophisticated shade of black and is also very, very sad. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    The movie winds up becoming "The Annette Bening Show," and she's quite good: Bening makes the most of a string of mad scenes for which any actress would kill, and the real pain she brings to the part grounds the film in something real. show more

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