The Time Being
The Time Being (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 26, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2014
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

A brittle, pompous drama about artists and the price they pay for inspiration.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The Time Being's calculated fabrication does look gorgeous onscreen, but at the same time hinders its audience from truly engaging with the story.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"The Time Being'' looks sharp, but it's about as dramatically satisfying as watching paint dry.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece "The Time Being" is truly like watching paint dry.

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Todd Jorgenson

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

An exhaustingly pretentious heave of artistic self-involvement, "The Time Being" takes an exceptionally handsome journey to nowhere at all.

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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club

Snail paced, insufferably portentous, and virtually devoid of notable incident ...

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Marc Mohan

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.

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