Being Flynn
Being Flynn (2012)

Writer-director Paul Weitz turns his hand to this moving portrait of fathers and sons. Based on a true story, Being Flynn follows Nick Flynn (Paul Dano) who is shocked to have his eccentric and long-absent father, Jonathan (Robert De Niro)… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 2, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Robert De Niro gives a sincere, gripping performance, but Being Flynn is an uneasy mix of drama and comedy that fails to emotionally resonate as a whole.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.

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Neely Swanson
Easy Reader (California)

This is one of [Robetr] De Niro's finest performances.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Heads downward in every sense of the word.

Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I'm still not sure what this is all supposed to be about, save for a bunch of scenes that happened to somebody, sometime.

Rafer Guzman

Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.

Will Leitch

DeNiro is more "personality" than actor now.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
"First off, great cast. I really liked more then half of the actor's in this and I was really wanting to see this movie. The story is depressing. The… More
Mark Walker
I think it's fair to say that Robert DeNiro's film's over the last ten years or so have been pretty lacklustre. Regardless of this, I'm… More
Chris Weber
Based on his memoirs, this is the story of Nick Flynn- a burgeoning writer who is struggling to find his place in the world. His mother committed suicide, and… More
Manu Gino
We're All Works In Progress. Not so bad but not so great either! Mediocre film for me. Being Flynn isn't an easy film to access, but will more than… More
Sam Barnett
"Being Flynn" succeeds at making some very interesting observations about the burdensome relationship between parent and offspring, but for a film… More
Tracy Kenderdine
Seems a tad pointless at times, but still a very watchable and quite interesting look at a difficult father-son relationship. There's no false… More