• Released
  • July 26, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • NR , 1 hr 28 min
  • Suspense/Thriller
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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 benefactor. Instead, Werner offers him a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. As Daniel starts to unravel the secrets behind the requests, he must determine if Warner is out to further his career or ruin his life.

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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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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...
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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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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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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...
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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

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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