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The Humbling

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United States, Italy · 2014
1h 52m
Director Barry Levinson
Starring Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin
Genre Comedy, Drama

After a public breakdown on stage, aging actor Simon is institutionalized. When he returns home, he struggles with bouts of dementia and contemplates suicide. Things really start to fall apart when he becomes involved with a much younger woman -- his friend's daughter, Pegeen, a lively but amoral bisexual.

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Pacino himself isn't exactly bad, but he's far from good, and it's difficult to see past the terrible role.


Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

If you can adjust to the film's uneven rhythms and often illusory vibe, there's a treasure trove of off-kilter humor, affecting pathos and first-class acting to be savored.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

A missed opportunity that squanders the talents of a pretty stacked cast and jeopardizes the audience’s patience and care for its spoiled characters for too long.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

The result is a beautifully entertaining film. It is witty and the scenes between Gerwig and Pacino fizz alternately with flirtation, humour and occasionally rage.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

The Humbling, which was directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man) and based on a novel by Philip Roth, is such inept, shuffling nonsense that an apter title might have been The Bumbling.


Variety by Scott Foundas

Fronted by a vibrant, deeply committed Al Pacino performance and very fine support from Greta Gerwig, this uneven but captivating film deserves to find its own audience, though doing so will surely prove to be an uphill climb.

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