Being Human


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Being Human is just that, and it's a profound delight. [06 May 1994]
  2. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Rita Kempley
    Bill Forsyth's Being Human, an anthology about the hesitant ascent of man, is a whimsically offbeat, stubbornly upbeat tour of man's progress as seen through the eyes of five guys named Hector. [06 May 1994]
  3. Set against lovely verdant scenery but structured as a series of rambling vignettes, the stories in Being Human don't entirely mesh.
  4. Some of the precise meanings of this Bill Forsyth comedy eluded me, but the vibes couldn't have been nicer.
  5. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Being Human isn't totally devoid of the gentle Forsyth magic. But it doesn't have nearly enough of it. Even Williams can do only so much with an assignment that calls for him to mostly stand around looking bummed out - in quintuplicate. [06 May 1994]
  6. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Peter Stack
    A mixed bag concocted with an almost willful aim to be quaint and a little arty, but one with small wonders poking through its soft, somewhat plain fabric. [06 May 1994]
  7. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    The tone is consistent, but consistently uneventful. [06 May 1994]
  8. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Stephen Hunter
    This is a strange and indeed foolish film. [29 Apr 1994]
  9. 40
    A nifty idea that goes everywhere (and nowhere).
  10. 38
    For all of its existential posturing, Being Human ends up being a rather shallow motion picture.
  11. 38
    Bill Forsyth's films are always idiosyncratic, but Being Human is so steeped in the director's interior dialogue with himself as to be incomprehensible to anyone who doesn't happen to be Bill Forsyth
  12. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    A sincere but clumsy attempt to capture the pain of a man trying to cope with loss and divorce through the ages. [06 May 1994]
  13. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    For all his invention, Forsyth's reach ultimately exceeds his grasp. "Local Hero," without trying so self-consciously hard, conveyed more of the ephemeral beauty of life than Being Human does.
  14. 20
    There are atmospheric shots of billowing thunder clouds, priests on cliff tops, bloody stigmata and moody eclipses, but it all amounts to nothing.
  15. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    Forsyth's script feels uncomfortably improvised, so almost all of the performances are hesitant and unconvincing. [06 May 1994]
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Being Human never comes alive. This stillborn series of little fables is so flat and ill-conceived that it could convince the uninitiated that neither Robin Williams nor the highly idiosyncratic Scottish writer-director Bill Forsyth had any talent.
  17. Being Human doesn't seem to be about anything: Its five astonishingly limp parables might have been spun by a depressed Aesop who forgot to take his Prozac.
  18. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Misconceived, misguided and a completely miserable viewing experience, this is one to avoid at all costs and for all time. [06 May 1994]

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