Flashbacks of a Fool
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Flashbacks of a Fool
Having squandered his stint in the spotlight on hard drugs and reckless sex, washed-up Hollywood has-been Joe Scott (Daniel Craig) reflects on the summer of innocence and tragedy that would alter the course of his life after receiving news that his childhood best friend has suddenly died. As he makes his way back to the quiet English seaside village of his childhood in order to attend the funeral, he finds his journey into the past becoming a journey of both redemption and self-discovery as well. Oliver Twist star Harry Eden plays the young version of Scott in a drama also featuring Olivia… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Whiile pic doesn't exactly feel like a vanity project, its weak script might have kept it forever in development hell if debutant writer-helmer Baillie Walsh weren't the topliner's good buddy."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Variety
"Craig's shaken-but-not-stirred charisma makes the most of an underwritten part, but the movie nearly flat-lines when the actor's not onscreen, which is often."
‑ Lance Goldenberg, L.A. Weekly
"Charismatic Daniel Craig plays Joe Scott, a washed up movie star, addicted to a misspent life of sex, drugs and uncool behaviour"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Flashbacks flounders in the final third."
‑ Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International
"It's like an awkward (and how could it not be awkward?) marriage of The Cement Garden and Beaches; an intriguing bit of driftwood, an exotic wreck."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian
"The bizarre secret isn't nearly interesting enough to justify the long buildup to it, and since it amounts to bad luck it doesn't really reveal anything about the actor, anyway."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"While the dialogue is often hackneyed and full of rushed backstory (not enough flashbacks, evidently), the cinematography excels, particularly the chiaroscuro interiors."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Impressively directed and superbly acted by a terrific cast, this is both a nostalgia-fuelled coming-of-age tale and a genuinely moving drama about making peace with the past."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"It's a handsome picture but Joe's lack of evolution is unsatisfying."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Without Daniel Craig's 007-enhanced profile, it's unlikely that Flashbacks of a Fool would have appeared anywhere except the Netflix queues of his most rabid fans."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"An ambitious but disappointing, regret-filled psycho-drama."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Craig does a hopelessly dissipated futuristic Bondish has-been celeb party animal, undone by an overload of hard drugs and sex orgies in a flash forward culture clash of Hollywood excess and soapy UK downhome family values."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Fatally, Craig's self-obsessed Joe never develops into anyone more interesting."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"A two-hour whining session in which Daniel Craig plays fading actor Joe Scott."
‑ Danny Bangs, Little White Lies
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