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Barney's Version

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'Barney's Version' is flawed, yet still intriguing

Las Vegas Weekly
16 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Two kinds of novels are especially difficult to adapt for the movies: sprawling, shapeless character studies that span decades in the protagonist’s life; and postmodern experiments in form. Barney’s Version , the final book written by Canadian author Mordecai Richler ( The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz ), falls into both categories, so the fact that the film—call it director Richard J. Lewis’ version—isn’t a total disaster comes as something of a pleasant surprise.
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Overall 4
4.0

Barney's Version

totalfilm.com
17 May 2011
  • Summary: Paul Giamatti does a good turn as disaster-prone Canadian TV producer Barney
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Overall 8
8.0

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Empire Online
30 March 2011
  • Conclusion: While perhaps a touch overlong and with plot strands that don't hang together as well as they might, this is remains a triumph, illuminated by a terrific leading man turn from Paul Giamatti.
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Overall 6
6.0

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FILMDUDE
24 March 2011
  • Excerpt: "Barney's Version" is a character study covering 30 years of one man's life. Depth is compromised by span when a life - even a fictional one - is featured in a movie-length couple of hours. This is a rambling, uneven and shallow movie held together by strong acting. The comedic story takes an unexpected and solemn turn towards the end, but by then there's not a lot of emotion vested in the outcome for the amiable but self-centred characters.
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Overall 4
4.0

Barney's Version

Volkskrant
31 March 2011