Being Flynn
Being Flynn (2012)

Writer-director Paul Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons. Based on a true story, Being Flynn follows Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) who is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 10, 2012
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51%
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User Score
41%



Critic Score: 51% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Robert De Niro gives a sincere, gripping performance, but Being Flynn is an uneasy mix of drama and comedy that fails to emotionally resonate as a whole.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Heads downward in every sense of the word.

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

De Niro has succumbed to the false perception that 'great acting' is synonymous with screaming and yelling every line like your career depended on it.

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday

Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

Being Flynn is too dark to appeal to the faint of heart and too safe to draw in those looking for an honest portrayal of a troubled father-son relationship.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Jose Zamudio
Inspiring and touching. Great cast, excellent story
Sam Barnett
"Being Flynn" succeeds at making some very interesting observations about the burdensome relationship between parent and offspring, but for a film… More
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"First off, great cast. I really liked more then half of the actor's in this and I was really wanting to see this movie. The story is depressing. The… More
Mark Walker
I think it's fair to say that Robert DeNiro's film's over the last ten years or so have been pretty lacklustre. Regardless of this, I'm… More
Chris Weber
Based on his memoirs, this is the story of Nick Flynn- a burgeoning writer who is struggling to find his place in the world. His mother committed suicide, and… More
Manu Gino
We're All Works In Progress. Not so bad but not so great either! Mediocre film for me. Being Flynn isn't an easy film to access, but will more than… More