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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a heart warming, funny and passionate portrait of a confused New York teenager, James Sveck, played by up-and-coming star Toby Regbo, and his loving, eccentric and dysfunctional family. James's staunch non-conformism leads him to teenage mistakes that are hard to undo. He refuses to go to college, after being accepted at Brown, and is interested in nothing - barring visits to his enigmatic, free-spirited grandmother Nanette, played by Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, the only one who seems to understand just how lost a restless 17-year-old can feel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This cliche-ridden coming of age story is as painfully awkward as its troubled teen protagonist."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It might actually make audiences understand the urge to bully."
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Listless coming-of-age drama about teen's ho-hum "problems.""
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"The actors work overtime to make this would-be sensitive study of troubled youth work, but are undone by the windy triteness of the script."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Several kinds of excruciating."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"These 2-D characters might as well be wearing T-shirts that say things like "Predatory College Professor" and "Self-Obsessed Father" on them."
‑ Chris Packham, Village Voice
"The film takes itself too seriously while it tackles familiar territory."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Roberto Faenza shoots his Manhattan-set action with a glossiness that's as bland as the soundtrack ballads."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"His pain may be useful to James someday, but to viewers, it's annoying right here and now."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The film is a pleasant watch, filled with nice little moments of comedy and tenderness, and optimistic about the fate of dreamers who happen to be a little slow out of the starting gate."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"It's not exactly a trainwreck of a movie, but Someday This Pain is so void of depth and meaning, it often resembles a parody of the bruised teen subgenre."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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