Flashbacks of a Fool
Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

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… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 22, 2008
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51%



Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Daniel Craig's earnest efforts, Flashbacks of a Fool suffers from an ambitious but underdeveloped script.

Leslie Felperin
Variety

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.

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Lance Goldenberg
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Charismatic Daniel Craig plays Joe Scott, a washed up movie star, addicted to a misspent life of sex, drugs and uncool behaviour

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Anna King
Time Out New York

While the dialogue is often hackneyed and full of rushed backstory (not enough flashbacks, evidently), the cinematography excels, particularly the chiaroscuro interiors.

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Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project.

Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

An ambitious but disappointing, regret-filled psycho-drama.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
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Directed (and written) by Baillie Walsh, Left Turn Films, 2008, Starring Daniel Craig, Harry Eden, Eve, Mark Strong and Olivia Williams. Genre: Drama… More
Gordon A
Fairly routine drama enlivened by a strong cast who brought the tale to life.
Elvira B
Meh. Not a dismal film but not very interesting. Daniel Craig does his darned best to save it, but he isn't allowed much room. Olivia Wiliams is always a… More
Curtis Lilly
Kind of pointless, but I still enjoyed it. It made me go and listen to a bunch of David Bowie afterwards and think of the past. Highlights include a little… More
Dean McKenna
This drama film manages its details well, but can't control a much bigger problem - the titular conceit - and is crippled by the fact that I never believe… More
Walter M.
In "Flashbacks of a Fool," Joe Scott(Daniel Craig) is a movie star whose life is in free fall due to vast substance abuse. His agent(Mark Strong) has… More