75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A reasonable facsimile of a perversely funny book whose odd characters are given life by a terrific cast.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
While Murphy never manages to make this crazy quilt dramatically credible, he does hit the mark for laughs and has written some juicy scenes for his excellent cast.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Too much manic energy runs the movie off the rails.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's grace here if the movie were willing to dig for it. Occasionally it does.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Too outlandish to be fully convincing, this adaptation of the best-selling memoir sacrifices subtlety for broad laughs.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A wildly erratic, often annoying but never boring endeavor.
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50

Wall Street Journal

Ms. Bening takes her part and acts it all over the place, while Ms. Paltrow and Ms. Wood do their best theater of the absurd. It is left to Ms. Clayburgh, in a performance free of vanity and artifice, to find the movie's heart.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Alas, something happened on the book-to-screen operating table: Yes, Running With Scissors is rich, twisted, insane, mordant and ridiculous, but it is not funny. Not at all.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Watching Running With Scissors the movie instead of reading Running With Scissors the best-selling memoir by Augusten Burroughs is like running with a spatula, or maybe some weird toast tongs.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Running With Scissors lacks the edge of Augusten Burroughs' best-selling memoir. The result is an inconsistent tragicomedy that attempts to be cut from the same darkly humorous cloth as "American Beauty," but fails.
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52 out of 100
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