Running With Scissors

Running With Scissors

(2007)

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

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Holds a little resonance, but I felt was overwhelmingly quirky for the sake of being quirky. In doing so, lost my interest.

It's no 'Royal Tenenbaums' that is for sure, as I've read some critics compare it to.


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


BY Brian1 superstar

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 mark.


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  • BBC

    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... Full Review

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

  • 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... Full Review

  • 1/2 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... Full Review

  • 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... Full Review

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