• Released
  • March 2, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 42 min
  • Comedy
    Drama
  • 20 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: After 18 years, a writer's (Paul Dano) estranged father (Robert De Niro) re-enters his life.

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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Robert De Niro and writer-director Paul Weitz find the most congenial material either of them has had in quite some time in Being Flynn.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's an involving journey, remarkably free of sentimentality, deepened by the performances.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Here, you can feel De Niro's full engagement in a character that echoes his roles in "Taxi Driver" and "Awakenings." It's a great wreck of...
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60

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
There's no doubt that Being Flynn is an attempt at something painful and genuine – the movie itself yearns to make a connection, even if it...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Mostly, though, Being Flynn is memorable for the sight of a once-great actor rousing himself to a performance the movie itself isn't...
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The movie's emotional content was manifest as an absence. What stayed with me most memorably was the father's insufferable bombast and the...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Is it possible for an actor to go through the motions even as he's going over the top? In Being Flynn, Robert De Niro does phoned-in...
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Robert De Niro has made several unwise choices in roles recently, and his belligerent wannabe writer in Being Flynn definitely adds to that...
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Weitz – who did a great job adapting Nick Hornby's "About a Boy" into an affecting 2002 movie – can't bring the pieces together here.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A handful of acting moments aside, Being Flynn is a drama without much in the way of rewards.
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Rated R | For Language Throughout, Drug Use, Brief Nudity and Some Sexual Content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Uneven, mature drama is too edgy for younger kids.
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