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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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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

There reaches a point... at which the film settles into a deliberately-paced yet completely watchable groove, with the emphasis on the relationship between the two men ensuring that The Time Being ultimately succeeds as a low-key drama.

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Odie Henderson

Director Nemad Cicin-Sain and co-writer Richard N. Gladstein are both guilty of serving up a totally empty, tonally confused meditation on the creative process.

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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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