• Released
  • July 26, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 28 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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60

The Dissolve

By Aisha Harris
The Time Being is a visual pleasure, with Cicin-Sain unveiling shot after shot of glorious landscapes and striking silhouettes.
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50

RogerEbert.com

By Odie Henderson
Imagine the most overdone, Philip Glass-style horror movie music playing over glossy footage of a university art class, and you have some idea what your eyes and ears are in for while attending The Time Being.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite the movie’s flaws, Cicin-Sain does show considerable confidence for a first-time writer and director.
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40

Time Out New York

By David Fear
[Viewers] won’t find much here besides Langella’s typically austere performance, some lazy character sketches...and the sensation one gets after having watched paint dry, painfully slowly, on a canvas.
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30

Arizona Republic

By Randy Cordova
A brittle, pompous drama.
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30

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
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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25

The A.V. Club

By Mike D'Angelo
After all the ponderous heavy breathing, it has nothing more profound to say than “artists should not neglect their families in pursuit of excellence.” Which might not ring so false if Bentley didn’t constantly look on the brink of devouring his family alive.
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25

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The pretentious and unrelievedly glum first feature from music-video and advertising director Nenad Cicin-Sain, The Time Being looks sharp, but it’s about as dramatically satisfying as watching paint dry.
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20

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
An exhaustingly pretentious heave of artistic self-involvement, The Time Being takes an exceptionally handsome journey to nowhere at all.
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20

Village Voice

The characters are as leached of tone as the film's chiaroscuro sets and grisaille paintings, although Langella is certainly game.
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29 out of 100
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