It's been ages since De Niro tackled a character as rich and challenging as this, and he tackles it head-on.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012-03-22
He might be guilty of showboating, but De Niro's knockout performance is a declaration that the star of "Raging Bull" isn't ready to hang up his gloves.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2012-03-16
Weitz digs diligently for emotional truths and makes the most of his excellent cast.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2012-03-16
I'm happy to report that De Niro hasn't lost his chops. At least not quite.
Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, 2012-03-16
What's so satisfying about Weitz films like this one is how his lost boys and lost adults find themselves in the awkward dance of intimacy.
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2012-03-15
The story is gripping, compelling. One wonders what De Niro might have done with such a role 30, 35 years ago.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2012-03-15
To summon up his most iconic role must represent De Niro's faith in this film.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2012-03-08
With a chilly color palette and a suitably melancholy score, Being Flynn does a decent job of finding its own poetry in the way that its characters write, and rewrite, and revise their own lives.
William Goss, Film.com, 2012-03-05
It's easy to imagine Being Flynn's story turning precious in the wrong hands, but Weitz and his cast spin it just right - as a narrative that is both emotionally real, and just writerly enough to suit its leading men.
Bob Mondello, NPR, 2012-03-02
Yes, it has a fine performance by De Niro. Yes, it briefly brings us into the middle of a homeless hell.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2012-03-02
There is honest feeling, genuine humanity and real intelligence in this movie, but there is also a sense of caution, of indecisiveness, that undermines its potential power.
A.O. Scott, New York Times, 2012-03-01
Heads downward in every sense of the word.
Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2012-03-15
For a movie that deals with suicide, homelessness and cocaine addiction, writer-director Paul Weitz's latest family drama feels strangely bland.
John Hartl, Seattle Times, 2012-03-15
A little more nuance would benefit the film, which eventually starts to feel belabored, even bleak.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2012-03-09
A handful of acting moments aside, "Being Flynn" is a drama without much in the way of rewards.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, 2012-03-08
"Being Flynn'' is earnest to a fault, and it offers the now-rare sight of De Niro giving an actual performance.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2012-03-08
Writer-director Paul Weitz can't make the solipsistic central protagonists interesting, even though his best films (About a Boy, In Good Company) deal with surrogate father-son relationships.
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, 2012-03-02
The real coup de grace for this would-be serious-minded drama is the sledgehammer-subtle direction of Paul Weitz...
Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 2012-03-02
Weitz...began adapting Flynn's book for the screen eight years ago. It's too bad that he didn't figure out in the ensuing years that it was not worth his efforts.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2012-03-01
The movie's emotional content was manifest as an absence. What stayed with me most memorably was the father's insufferable bombast and the son's sad passivity.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, 2012-03-01