Running With Scissors - Movie Reviews

Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com Based on Augusten Burrough's memoir, "Running With Scissors" traverses the '70's American zeitgeist in eccentric personal terms when the American dream plummeted into horror with the aid of prescription drugs. Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com Running With Scissors is a schizophrenic film. It simply doesn't know what it wants to be %u2014 a witty and wacky satire, or a serious and heartfelt drama. Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile For every aspect that is depressing, there something that is fresh and uplifting, and it is credit to writer director Ryan Murphy for capturing the mood of Burroughs' book so faithfully. Stuart McGurk
thelondonpaper The first half rolls along like an excitable child hoping to entertain with each new stunt. But it loses the book's dark humour. Running with Scissors? More like a stumble. Matthew Turner
ViewLondon Running With Scissors has a great cast and an appropriately chaotic nature, but it never really adds up to anything and fails to hit its emotional targets. In its attempt to capture Burroughs' wacky, often wrenching teen years, the film is unified mainly by an impulse toward overstatement.

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Murphy's Movie Reviews I had hoped, I guess, that the film would do justice to the book, but sadly that is not the case. If I were you, go out and spend the money on the paperback, curl up and give yourself over to the wacky world Burroughs' creates. It'll be more fulfilling th Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall We can really feel writer-director Murphy straining for both wacky hilarity and touching emotion. And never quite getting there. Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing Running With Scissors is alternately grating and boring, as deadly a combo as one could imagine sitting through for two unendurable hours. Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) It's a film about dreams, about gurus and disciples, about self-centered people destroying each other. Yes, it can make you laugh, but it breaks your heart at the same time. Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper In the real world, mental illness is a serious problem. In this film, it gives everyone a license to run around like characters in a Lewis Carroll story -- all of it set to predictable pop hits from the 1970s.


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