Being There
Being There (1979)

In this provocative comic fable, Peter Sellers is brilliant as a slow-witted, childlike gardener who becomes homeless when his employer dies. Although the gardener's only knowledge of the world comes from watching television, his… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 3, 2001
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96%
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92%



Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Smart, sophisticated, and refreshingly subtle, Being There soars behind sensitive direction from Hal Ashby and a stellar Peter Sellers performance.

Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

Here is a comedy that valiantly defies both gravity and the latest Hollywood fashion.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

What emerges in the end is a strange ambiguity of attitude to the American political system and a hollow humour about cultural values. The cinema of cynicism, really.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

Even in a chilly movie like this, deaths have resonance (whether they're on camera, or off).

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Variety Staff
Variety

A highly unusual and an unusually fine film.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Hal Ashby directs Being There at an unruffled, elegant pace, the better to let Mr. Sellers's double-edged mannerisms make their full impression upon the audience.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Hal Ashby's satirical parable on the way the USA surrenders itself to homespun evangelicalism gives Peter Sellers the role of a lifetime.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

No one seems to know what to do with the allegorical undertone of Jerzy Kosinski's script, but as a whole this 1979 film maintains a fine level of wit, sophistication, and insight.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Satire is a threatened species in American film, and when it does occur, it's usually broad and slapstick, as in the Mel Brooks films. Being There, directed by Hal Ashby, is a rare and subtle bird that finds its tone and stays with it.

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People Magazine

The movie's main effect is to confirm how versatile Sellers has always been.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
An inventive, imaginative, brilliant little film concerning a simple gardener (Peter Sellers) who knows nothing of the outside world, but is forced out one day… More
Tim Salmons
Another masterful performance from Peter Sellers and another wonderful film from the great Hal Ashby. Incredibly funny, insighful and captivating, Being There… More
Chris Weber
Chance has spent his entire life working as a gardener for a millionaire. He has never left the estate. never been for a ride in a car, and all he knows of the… More
Jacob Ethington
THIS is Peter Seller's best role, not necessarily his best film. He was in many funny movies, but this was more a serious comedy. I can't really say… More
Adriel Lim
Innocence, subtlety and a heartful of mirth substantiate this unique movie. Here is an insight unto life and its wonderful, simple truths, despite all the… More
AJ Verser
I had always heard good things about this movie, but seeing it, I wasn't too impressed. Sure the actors do a good job, but the story is slow and not that… More

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