Multiple Sarcasms
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A frustrated architect tries his hand at being a playwright when his life hits a disheartening plateau. New York City, 1979: Gabriel Richmond (Timothy Hutton) is a family man with a high-paying job. Lately, however, he's been skirting his responsibilities -- both at home and at work. Turning introspective, Gabriel decides to pen a play about his life and his family. The goal is to be as honest and objective as possible, and the process ultimately proves somewhat therapeutic as he revisits his past decisions and ponders how he'd live his life again if given a second chance. But just as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

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"An hour-and-a-half mopefest so complete that by the end of it, you want to give Hutton's character a smack in the face and tell him to stop whining, already."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Multiple Sarcasms is Woody Allen lite -- there's a lot of introspective fumbling around and intellectual foreplay. But in the end, instead of a satisfying climax, it feels like someone is faking it."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"The filmmaking, acting and the soundtrack are adequate, but the main character is such an unlikable lead that while the film is entertaining, it's hard to enjoy."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"Might serve a useful therapeutic function for its writer-director, but for the rest of us the exercise in self-examination will have a much less beneficial effect, unless you suffer from insomnia."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Multiple Sarcasms is a terrible title for a movie. And it's even worse for a movie that's got some other serious problems."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Why devote a single moment of your time to listening to his character, Gabriel Richmond, bellyache ad nauseam about having everything and still being miserable?"
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Multiple Sarcasms has a way of creatively meandering into unexpected pockets of comedy and poignancy, heading toward some kind of eventual grace, a little like real life."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A tedious and unappealing portrait of the obsession of a middle-age architect to write a play."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"So-so, light tale of a successful New York architect who endangers his comfortable, conventional life to navel-gaze and write a play provides some moments for the always watchable Timothy Hutton. But there's not much else to watch."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Thematically and artistically, Multiple Sarcasms has multiple personalities."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"First-time filmmaker Brooks Branch underutilizes an estimable cast..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"From the jokes about Hutton overreacting to his daughter's menstruation to the comic ruminations about the relative attractiveness of genitalia, Multiple Sarcasms often plays like a bad stand-up routine dramatized by serious actors."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"The simplistic philosophy and cast of characters out of Hollywood's bag of cliches are bad enough, but do we have to be confronted with women's female problems, too?"
‑ Tony Medley,
"An often uneven, inorganic drama centered around a dull, tediously narcissistic character who's as irritating as nails on a chalkboard."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The meaning of Multiple Sarcasms's title is a mystery, but then, so are many things in Brooks Branch's film."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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