• Released
  • July 26, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 28 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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The Time Being Synopsis
Daniel (Wes Bentley) is a struggling young artist whose ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink. When a reclusive millionaire named Warner (Frank Langella) purchases one of his pieces, he hopes for additional commissions from a new...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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Arizona Republic

By Randy Cordova
A brittle, pompous drama.
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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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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...
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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,...
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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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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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Rated NR