• Released
  • January 14, 2011
  • (Limited 1/14/11)
  • R , 2 hr 12 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Barney's Version Synopsis
The warm, wise and witty story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky.
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New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
That character flaw makes for some great shock-fueled laughs in Lewis' film -- Giamatti does full-on comic rage as well as anyone.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Giamatti's performance is one of those achievements. He is making a career of playing unremarkable but memorable men.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Paul Giamatti, dialing down his trembly-voiced neurotic energy to good effect, gives a holy hell of a performance as Barney Panofsky.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
By the time Barney gets one final, heartbreaking chance to screw things up, this rich, satisfying film has you hooked.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
That rumpled grumpus Paul Giamatti seizes the title role in Barney's Version, summoning irresistibility and irritability to create a...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Giamatti and Pike are backed by a strong cast, including Minnie Driver, lots of fun as Barney's Jewish princess second wife.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Paul Giamatti brings just the right blend of irascible charm and caustic intelligence to the role of Barney.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Barney's Version is too much of a sprawl to have much of a lasting emotional effect.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Rosamund Pike is perfection as Barney's true love, and Dustin Hoffman makes magic as Barney's randy dad. It's acting heaven.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A smart, well-acted two hours at the art house, full of witty observations and fellow feeling. But, really, it has no business being a...
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Barney's Version

By terryw973
While performances were excellent, you should read the novel first and then (soon!) see the film. The film doesn't follow the novel exactly, but very close, and reading it will help you appreciate...

Meaty but Sad -- A Tale of Class

By parsonsdavid
This movie is an epic story of the life of Barney, an unremarkable every-man character, played wonderfully by Paul Giamatti. It's a movie about ethnic, cultural, occupation, sex, age, and health...

The Emotions of a lifetime!

By AnnMarie_Fan
This movie sneaks up on you with all the wild ways of a rich young life, hard work, hard drinking and wild women, however you don't realise that gradually things are changing all the time. The acting...

Great acting

By StevieGJD

Giamatti Can Do No Wrong

By Reel_Deal_Gal
I loved this movie. "Barney," played by the wonderful Paul Giamatti, is a character one would dislike on paper, but be rendered defenseless once you meet him. Once again a simply brilliant...

Worth seeing

By hgoldman77
This is a well-drawn look at some complicated and flawed characters, not without their grace, humanity and wit, who manage to complicate and injure their lives in some very uncomfortable and...

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By snowie
Great Story Brilliant acting...

Barney's Version

By dgmills7
Great acting by Paul Giamatti. Definitely Oscar performance. From comedic to extremely serious and sad. A must see!...

Tissue, are you there?

By MrRobert_atthemovies
This movie is sad. I said it from the first time I saw it. This movie gives Alzheimer's Disease legs. You can see the daily functions of someone with the disease and how it ultimately takes over...

Excellent Entertainment w/ an Uncomfortableness Factor

By Messdad
What is modern tragedy? Perhaps everyman whose innate flaws are exacerbated into high drama by the pachinko game of life. It is a story of love, friendship, rules of engagement, gain and loss. And...

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Rated R | For Language and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Mature dramedy is well acted but may not interest teens.
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