The Time Being
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Daniel (Wes Bentley) is a struggling young artist whose ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink. When a reclusive millionaire named Warner (Frank Langella) purchases one of his pieces, he hopes for additional commissions from a new benefactor. Instead, Werner offers him a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. As Daniel starts to unravel the secrets behind the requests, he must determine if Warner is out to further his career or ruin his life. (c) Tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A brittle, pompous drama about artists and the price they pay for inspiration."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"While the underdeveloped script - co-written by Richard Gladstein - never earns its sense of self-importance, the visuals are evocative enough to draw us further into the movie's ultimately unsatisfying mysteries."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Despite some powerful imagery, the film provides only minimal insight into the artistic process, and its characters aren't compelling enough to pick up the slack."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"A riveting mystery drama about living, dying, illusion and reality."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
""The Time Being'' looks sharp, but it's about as dramatically satisfying as watching paint dry."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece "The Time Being" is truly like watching paint dry."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Langella is solid as always, but his haunted, bitter character is pretty two-dimensional, and having to share all his scenes with Bentley doesn't allow for much interplay."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Director Nemad Cicin-Sain and co-writer Richard N. Gladstein are both guilty of serving up a totally empty, tonally confused meditation on the creative process."
‑ Odie Henderson,
"An exhaustingly pretentious heave of artistic self-involvement, "The Time Being" takes an exceptionally handsome journey to nowhere at all."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Snail paced, insufferably portentous, and virtually devoid of notable incident ..."
‑ Mike D'Angelo, AV Club
"A more apt title might have been Wes Bentley Stares at Stuff."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"The Time Being is a visual pleasure, with Cicin-Sain unveiling shot after shot of glorious landscapes and striking silhouettes. It's a shame, then, that Bentley's performance as Daniel isn't more fully engaged."
‑ Aisha Harris, The Dissolve
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