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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

4 stars

Joe Scot is a washed up Hollywood star wasting away on sex, booze and drugs in his oceanfront house. His agent thinks Scot's career is finished and dumps him during a lunch meeting. Processing the news of the sudden death of Boots, a friend he hasn't seen since leaving England, Scot recalls the summer when his childhood ended. The scenes involving Joe and the two loves of his teenage life are the best moments in the movie. There is a haunting, nostalgic quality to those moments that works really well. Daniel Craig adds plenty of charisma and gravitas to the role of Joe in the present day, while Harry Eden convincingly plays Joe as a teenager. Writer/director Baillie Walshe, in his feature film directorial debut, does an impressive job of enriching to a seemingly simple story with plenty of warmth, tenderness and sensitive attention to detail.

- StaisilD, Saturday, February 7, 2009

4 stars

Beautiful character study even though the premise of a spoiled drug addicted star returning home has been used before. Daniel craig shows his range and his future should hold more than just Bond movies. Lets hope he chooses his films wisely as then we will all benefit

- outkast22594, Wednesday, December 10, 2008

4 stars

Directed (and written) by Baillie Walsh, Left Turn Films, 2008, Starring Daniel Craig, Harry Eden, Eve, Mark Strong and Olivia Williams. Genre: Drama Question: Do you receive recommendations to see a movie and most of the time you wonder what people saw in the movie that made them like it? Yes, I know I review and recommend movies all the time so maybe just ignore this question. I am still flustered over a movie I just finished viewing on Netflix: Flashbacks of a Fool. Anyway, I wasn't going to review this movie because it hit me hard. I am still trying to figure out exactly why. A friend recommended this movie and their opinion is one that I always take into consideration. But as I like to always say: DON'T TELL ME ANYTHING about the movie so they did not. I am still undecided if that was a good thing or a bad thing. The movie stars Daniel Craig (a.k.a. Bond, James Bond) as a self-indulgent, alcoholic, narcissist who is a very emotionally bruised man. He is obviously trying, desperately, to forget about his past and winds up alone, beaten and at the end of his rope emotionally. He receives some news one morning after a night of debauchery. It's probably the first connection to the past that he has had in years, decades. This just finally pushes him over the emotional edge. The first 20 minutes or so you see the life he has chosen for himself and why he comes to the beach to reflect back on his life after receiving this news. That is when the flashbacks come - it's the late '70's somewhere in England on the coast. We see him as a youth - perhaps 15 or 16 years old with his friend. The story then lends itself towards a sexual coming-of-age story or so I thought. I really don't want to reveal anymore because what happens over the course of the next hour should be viewed with little prior knowledge. But I will say something happened that made me an emotional wreck. Then something happened at the end that ripped me apart. Maybe you won't see it but for whatever reason I lost it and had difficulty containing myself for the next hour or so. This is a profound movie. This is a film about choices and the consequences of those choices especially when it is a selfish one. Daniel Craig was brilliant in this movie. I always knew he could act and I can watch that blue-eyed actor in almost anything. He may even be my favorite James Bond (Yes!). But the first 20 minutes of watching him spiral down the emotional valley was something that everyone should see. I am not sure why this didn't get anymore PR or press when it was out a few years back. It baffles me some days - movies like Flashbacks of a Fool or other wonderful small indie films that don't get more notice. Well, hopefully, with my small little blog I can help people discover these wonderful gems. I also have to give credit to the young man who played the younger version of Daniel Craig's character: Harry Eden. He really did a fantastic job as did all the actors in this small film. My favorite thing: Well, Daniel Craig, of course! My least favorite thing: I can't say... Rating: R Length: 100 minutes Review: 8 out of 10

- katykern8261, Thursday, June 7, 2012