The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (2009)

A recent college graduate desperate to have one last fling before launching himself into the real world falls into a strange love triangle with a charismatic couple in director Rawson Thurber's feature adaptation of Michael Chabon's… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: April 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A listless interpretation of Michael Chabon's first novel, Mysteries of Pittsburgh features none of the source material's charm, but has coming-of-age film cliches in abundance.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Shoddy and never credible, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is an ungainly coming-of-age drama based on a (hopefully much better) novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

I can't imagine the novel's characters were this flat, formulaic and puzzling in their behavior.

Matt Singer
The Rumpus

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh would play as weak sauce in any context, but it's especially disappointing coming to theaters on the heels of the similarly themed but superiorly made Adventureland.

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Dan Zak
Washington Post

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh seems to be missing an essential element of drama, of risk, underneath its glossy, golden sheen.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

The real mystery about The Mysteries of Pittsburgh is how writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber could turn Michael Chabon's delightful debut novel into such a bore.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

boring and aimless

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

The movie is all over the place and it loses its focus.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

When characters say things like "It's gonna be a great summer," or call someone "Old sport" and act oh-so-beautifully doomed, it's time to call the cliché police.

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Brian Orndorf

A mess of a movie, looking to contort Chabon's novel into a darkly personal story of choice and desire. Instead the film sloppily lumbers around in search of a consistent dramatic path. It's handsome enough, just wildly misguided from frame one.

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Laurence Collin
There's nothing exceptionally rotten about this critically-panned adaptation of Michael Chabon's well-received novel; it simply translates into a… More
Daniel Parsons
It's <i>A Home At the End of the World</i> all over again - i.e., one of my most favorite books (which coincidentally also centres on, but is… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I always have high expectations for movies involving or set in Pittsburgh because that's my hometown, but this one was highly disappointing. The storyline… More