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Flashbacks of a Fool


Daniel Craig delivers a startling performance as Joe Scott, a washed-up Hollywood star adrift in a haze of sex, drugs and squandered fame.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: ... an uninspired rearrangement of familiar elements, with little emotional force to justify the entire project.

- Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: While the dialogue is often hackneyed and full of rushed backstory (not enough flashbacks, evidently), the cinematography excels, particularly the chiaroscuro interiors.

- Anna King, Time Out New York, Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rotten: Flashbacks flounders in the final third.

- Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Meh. Not a dismal film but not very interesting. Daniel Craig does his darned best to save it, but he isn't allowed much room. Olivia Wiliams is always a pleasure to watch... in fact, the performances are quite the only thing I'd give any credit to. The rest is just acceptable: decent cinematography, decent score. Still, the structure is disastrous and the story is aimless in a bad way. Only watchable for a few minutes of Roxy Music lipsynching!! And/or if you want to take a good, good look at Daniel Craig's butt from several angles. Suit yourself.

- ebs90, Wednesday, April 15, 2009

3 stars

Fairly routine drama enlivened by a strong cast who brought the tale to life.

- gor41, Wednesday, November 12, 2008

3 stars

Kind of pointless, but I still enjoyed it. It made me go and listen to a bunch of David Bowie afterwards and think of the past. Highlights include a little girl screaming "It's Mine!" as she steps on a giant WW2 water mine that blows up.

- puffchunk, Friday, November 7, 2008