Being Flynn
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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) reach out to him unexpectedly. Still feeling the loss of his mother (played in flashbacks by Julianne Moore) in the midst of starting a new relationship with Denise (Olivia Thirlby), the last person Nick wants to see is his father. But you can't outrun fate and slowly Nick comes to realize he has been given the chance to make a real future not only for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It's a shame the studio didn't choose to keep the original title of the book in place, Another Bulls**t Night in Suck City would have been quite fitting for the film."
‑ Erick Weber, NECN
"Paul Weitz's gritty, sweet but mostly unsentimental film of Flynn's book puts a flawed, unpleasantly realistic face on homelessness and gives Robert De Niro his best role in a decade."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"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."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Heads downward in every sense of the word."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Eventually, the movie warps in on itself and becomes its own parody: an overly pretentious movie about an overly pretentious writer, which is not very well written at all."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"On the whole, the film feels detached and morose, just like its characters."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"Absolves Paul Weitz for having made Little Fockers and makes up for most of Robert De Niro's choices in the past few years."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"De Niro's Jonathan wraps himself up in the fašade of his fictitious artistry. He's Jake La Motta by way of Blanche DuBois, who can only occasionally depend upon the kindness of strangers."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Doddle
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