Running With Scissors
Running With Scissors (2006)

This is a son's story of a bipolar-poet mother with delusions of grandeur who falls into the care of an unorthodox psychiatrist.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 20, 2006
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite a few great performances, the film lacks the sincerity and emotional edge of Burroughs' well-loved memoir.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

In the real world, mental illness is a serious problem. In this film, it gives everyone a license to run around like characters in a Lewis Carroll story -- all of it set to predictable pop hits from the 1970s.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

If the book was deadpan, the movie is more -- or less -- dead.

Fernando F. Croce

Strictly for the Anderson-Baumbach crowd of privileged idiots

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James Berardinelli

As dysfunctional family movies go, this is one skip. It doesn't just run with the scissors, it falls on them.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This is an Igby Goes Down without the laughs, a morbid miscalculation of The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou size.

Cole Smithey

Based on Augusten Burrough's memoir, "Running With Scissors" traverses the '70's American zeitgeist in eccentric personal terms when the American dream plummeted into horror with the aid of prescription drugs.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Running with Scissors looks great, and works fine when Bening is on screen; otherwise, it's off-balance, teetering where it should hold steady.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film trips over its willy-nilly story line and falls on its own blade.

Brandon Fibbs

Running With Scissors is a schizophrenic film. It simply doesn't know what it wants to be %u2014 a witty and wacky satire, or a serious and heartfelt drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
Cast: Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jill Clayburgh, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Evan Rachel Wood, Alec Baldwin, Vanessa Redgrave, Kristin Chenoweth, Colleen… More
Jake ....
Running With Scissors walk a tightrope between being a complete autrocity and being a work of mesmorizing genuis. I read the book a couple weeks ago and liked… More
EightThirty .
30/07/2010 (TELEVISION) This puts the "Drama" in "Dramatic" and makes it seem poetic. A very intense story with some major issues that… More
Robert C
I'm pretty sure that "heart warming" is NOT the right word...but somehow that is what pops into my head...perhpas "touching" is more… More
KJ Proulx
Very Strange! Joseph Cross has done better work in Jack Frost! What the hell was this?
Alice Shen
Pretty crazy. Excellent performances from Bening, Clayburgh, and Cross.