Running with Scissors Synopsis
A man looks back on his unusual childhood, his mentally ill mother and her unorthodox therapist.
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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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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...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Too much manic energy runs the movie off the rails.
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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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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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A wildly erratic, often annoying but never boring endeavor.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By globeman
To be honest, I went after dragging my wife to see Borat, which she admitted liking. We went with an open mind and had seen the trailer which captured our attention. Ryan Murphy brought real...

really good

By peachpumpkpatch
I really enjoyed this movie. I liked it so much I bought the book and read it that night....


By arianna
If you tired of seeing the same types of movies over and over again, this is a wonderful movie to watch.  There were a lot of intense moments in the movie, but they made light of them as well....

not as good as the book but...

By Traci
for a movie - this was great!!  Very diffrent from the main-stream but a great cast and even better author makes this movie one of my top 5!!!  ...

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I love, love, love this movie. Definitely one of those to see again, and buy the dvd.  ...

One of the best movies of the year, if not the last 10 years

By denimjade
it hit very close to home... I hope they make his second book Dry in to the next movie. ...

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Rated R | For strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Dysfunctional-family memoir wallows in smug humor.
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