• Barney's Version (2011)

Barney's Version

Release Date: January 14th, 2011

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2011

R |2 hr 12 min

Plot Summary

Toward the end of his life, Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) looks back on his triumphs and tragedies, beginning with an ill-fated relationship with Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), whom he marries when she becomes pregnant. When that falls apart, he moves back home to Montreal and gets married twice more, finally finding contentment with Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife. Through it all, Barney is sustained by his work in television, raising children and the advice of his father (Dustin Hoffman).

Cast: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood, Mark Addy, Saul Rubinek

Director: Richard J. Lewis

Genres: Drama , Dark comedy

Production Co: Fandango, Harold Greenberg Fund

Keywords: 1980s, 1970s, Hilarious, Son, Wife, Father, Office, Bar, 1990s, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago 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 ScottNew 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

  • 70
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

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

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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