Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

Based on the best selling, funny yet sad, memoir by Augusten Burroughs which “rewrote the book on traumatic childhoods with its tale of parental abandonment, mental illness, pedophilia”. It's centered around Augusten’s idiosync

Golden Globe nomination for Annette Bening 2007.
2007USA
AdaptationComedyDrama
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Poignant and disturbing

I was capitvated by the "true story" and humoured by the portrayal of some of the events Augusten lived through.

4.0

A basis in truth makes this movie intriguing if not missable.

Had it not been for the fact that this is an adaption based on boyhood memoirs it would be well described as crap. As it is, it is presents a surrealistic life of the son of careless, warped parental interest. Perhaps there is too much "adaption" in the story, perhaps not, who knows? Anyway comparisons with the stupid "Royal tenenbaums" is close to the...

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Ms. Bening's precise, pitiless tracing of her character's decline from feisty defiance to pathetic, overmedicated self-delusion gives the film an emotional weight it might not otherwise have...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

2.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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For the most part, Murphy is pitching somewhere between "American Beauty" and "The Royal Tenenbaums"; indeed, the characters Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow play in Scissors are, in a sense, inversions of their roles in Beauty and Tenenbaums, respectively...

1.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Murphy, who created the creepy, funny, lunatic "Nip/Tuck," is a master of mordant and macabre camp. But here he loses his teeth, seeming to lack any ironic distance from material that practically begs for it...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Well-acted by the superb ensemble cast but there just isn't a likeable character amongst them to care about...

2.0
BBC

BBC

press

Writer/director Ryan Murphy tends towards an overload of kitsch, making this 'true story' feel somewhat affected, but it's still a trip worth taking...

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Ms. Bening's precise, pitiless tracing of her character's decline from feisty defiance to pathetic, overmedicated self-delusion gives the film an emotional weight it might not otherwise have...

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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

2.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

For the most part, Murphy is pitching somewhere between "American Beauty" and "The Royal Tenenbaums"; indeed, the characters Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow play in Scissors are, in a sense, inversions of their roles in Beauty and Tenenbaums, respectively...

1.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Murphy, who created the creepy, funny, lunatic "Nip/Tuck," is a master of mordant and macabre camp. But here he loses his teeth, seeming to lack any ironic distance from material that practically begs for it...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Well-acted by the superb ensemble cast but there just isn't a likeable character amongst them to care about...

2.0
BBC

BBC

press

Writer/director Ryan Murphy tends towards an overload of kitsch, making this 'true story' feel somewhat affected, but it's still a trip worth taking...

3.0

Poignant and disturbing

I was capitvated by the "true story" and humoured by the portrayal of some of the events Augusten lived through.

4.0

A basis in truth makes this movie intriguing if not missable.

Had it not been for the fact that this is an adaption based on boyhood memoirs it would be well described as crap. As it is, it is presents a surrealistic life of the son of careless, warped parental interest. Perhaps there is too much "adaption" in the story, perhaps not, who knows? Anyway comparisons with the stupid "Royal tenenbaums" is close to...

3.0