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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  1. 38
    For all of its existential posturing, Being Human ends up being a rather shallow motion picture.
  2. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    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
  3. 25
    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]
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    There are atmospheric shots of billowing thunder clouds, priests on cliff tops, bloody stigmata and moody eclipses, but it all amounts to nothing.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    Forsyth's script feels uncomfortably improvised, so almost all of the performances are hesitant and unconvincing. [06 May 1994]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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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