Barney's Version
Barney's Version (2011)

Based on Mordecai Richler's award winning novel -- his last and, arguably, best -- "Barney's Version" is the warm, wise and witty story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky. The film spans three decades and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a magnificent performance by Paul Giamatti, Barney's Version offers much comedy and insight to the complexities of modern romance.

Rafer Guzman

The movie, much like your own life, is best enjoyed when you don't know exactly what happens next.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

Highly entertaining and arguably the most satisfying Richler screen adaptation to date.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Messy, melodramatic and meandering, just like life.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Sometimes, when a movie emerges from a book, a crucial ingredient gets left out along the way. In the case of "Barney's Version," it's the wit.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This has the overstuffed feel of a sprawling, life-spanning story that's been wrestled down to feature length.

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Dan Jardine

Giamatti and Hoffman are so much fun, and they are tied to a narrative that, while slightly overambitious, never flags

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Barney's Version" has episodes instead of plot, outbursts instead of wit and alibis instead of growth. But it also has a star we'd be willing to watch in "Barney's Version 2.0."

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The parts are greater than the whole in "Barney's Version," a rambling look at a shambling man's adventures in love.

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Daniel M. Kimmel
The Jewish Advocate

It's Giamatti's performance that makes the film work because Barney is not an easy man to like.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A man meets the woman of his dreams at his wedding. After you suspend your disbelief that any woman would fall for a man who woos her at his own wedding, you… More
Daniel Perry
Adapted from probably the best Canadian novel ever written, Barney's Version does lose something in the transition from page to screen: voice. Maybe those… More
Chris Weber
This is the story, told in confessional form, of 30 years of the life of Barney Panofsky. The film covers a lot of stuff in his life, but the primary focus is… More
paul sandberg
The greatest feat presented in Barney's Version is that Paul Giammatti is able to make a flawed and frankly unsympathetic character seem not only… More
Manu Gino
First he got married. Then he got married again. Then he met the love of his life. Excellent Film!!!! Loved it. Superb performances by all actors. Give… More
jay nixon
A chance at a tour de force performance for Paul Giamatti which he takes and gives a terrific turn. Barney is often foolish and not likable about 3/4 of the… More