Running With Scissors
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Dysfunctional-family memoir wallows in smug humor.
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Rotten: Organized by Augusten's traumas -- here mom gives him to Dr. Finch for adoption, there he walks in on her having sex with one of her female poetry students -- Running with Scissors is smug.
- Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Ryan Murphy's jaunty screen version of Running With Scissors proves that nothing consecrates one's depiction of a narcissistic mother like having her embodied by Annette Bening.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Friday, June 29, 2007
Fresh: ...what humor it has is bitter and harrowing...
- Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Not quite the eccentricity fest the trailer promised, but still a pretty fun black comedy. Running With Scissors started off pretty fun but shifted gears into complete and total dismal territory about half a dozen times throughout the duration. Really good soundtrack though. I was thinking if you sent The Royal Tenenbaums to the dark side of the moon that this is what you'd end up with. Bening was great and the rest of the cast was fun for the most part. Not required viewing but catch it if you can. In the end it made me wish that I was watching a film version of Dave Eggers' "Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius."
- mjgildea, Saturday, October 13, 2007