The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
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A recent college graduate desperate to have one last fling before launching himself into the real world falls into a strange love triangle with a charismatic couple in director Rawson Thurber's feature adaptation of Michael Chabon's freshman novel. Peter Sarsgaard, Mena Suvari, Nick Nolte, Sienna Miller, and Jon Foster star in a film that was adapted for the screen by director Thurber. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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"Shoddy and never credible, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is an ungainly coming-of-age drama based on a (hopefully much better) novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"I can't imagine the novel's characters were this flat, formulaic and puzzling in their behavior."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"boring and aimless"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Guts the book of complexity and ambiguity and reduces it to another trite coming-of-age story with a badly written voice-over narrative by a boring post-adolescent."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Somehow, even as writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber slathers on the voiceover ooze or unwittingly evokes Sophie's Choice with his central romantic triangle, he still manages to astonish with The Mysteries of Pittsburgh."
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"The Mysteries of Pittsburgh seems to be missing an essential element of drama, of risk, underneath its glossy, golden sheen."
‑ Dan Zak, Washington Post
"The real mystery about The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is how writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber could turn Michael Chabon's delightful debut novel into such a bore."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A mess of a movie, looking to contort Chabon's novel into a darkly personal story of choice and desire. Instead the film sloppily lumbers around in search of a consistent dramatic path. It's handsome enough, just wildly misguided from frame one."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Michael Barrett's cinematography gives the film and the city of Pittsburgh just enough of a picturesque dream-like quality that, like its protagonist, you'll remember."
‑ Rob Lowman, Los Angeles Daily News
"Sarsgaard revels in a character who attracts all eyes and mouths, but the narration is too much of an explanatory crutch to parse the roundelay of identity exploration."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel,
"The movie is all over the place and it loses its focus."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"When characters say things like "It's gonna be a great summer," or call someone "Old sport" and act oh-so-beautifully doomed, it's time to call the cliché police."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The fact is, some novels don't translate well to the screen."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"[Art] is as passive as Benjamin Button minus the freak-of-nature excuse."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Here's the big mystery of Pittsburgh: How did this movie manage to be so completely terrible?"
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
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