Running With Scissors
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In the real world, mental illness is a serious problem. In this film, it gives everyone a license to run around like characters in a Lewis Carroll story -- all of it set to predictable pop hits from the 1970s."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"If the book was deadpan, the movie is more -- or less -- dead."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Strictly for the Anderson-Baumbach crowd of privileged idiots"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"For every aspect that is depressing, there something that is fresh and uplifting, and it is credit to writer director Ryan Murphy for capturing the mood of Burroughs' book so faithfully."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Running With Scissors has a great cast and an appropriately chaotic nature, but it never really adds up to anything and fails to hit its emotional targets."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"As dysfunctional family movies go, this is one skip. It doesn't just run with the scissors, it falls on them."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is an Igby Goes Down without the laughs, a morbid miscalculation of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou size."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Based on Augusten Burrough's memoir, "Running With Scissors" traverses the '70's American zeitgeist in eccentric personal terms when the American dream plummeted into horror with the aid of prescription drugs."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The excruciating display of bohemian spoils wears the word "delightful" in quotation marks, with a theatre accent."
‑ Mark Palermo, Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
"In its attempt to capture Burroughs' wacky, often wrenching teen years, the film is unified mainly by an impulse toward overstatement."
‑ Michelle Orange, Reeler
"Running with Scissors looks great, and works fine when Bening is on screen; otherwise, it's off-balance, teetering where it should hold steady."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The film trips over its willy-nilly story line and falls on its own blade."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Running With Scissors is a schizophrenic film. It simply doesn't know what it wants to be %u2014 a witty and wacky satire, or a serious and heartfelt drama."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"The first half rolls along like an excitable child hoping to entertain with each new stunt. But it loses the book's dark humour. Running with Scissors? More like a stumble."
‑ Stuart McGurk, thelondonpaper
"Well-acted by the superb ensemble cast but there just isn't a likeable character amongst them to care about."
‑ Will Lawrence, Empire Magazine
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