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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 63
  2. Negative: 16 out of 63
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  1. ScottS
    Dec 4, 2008
    2
    Burroughs is one sparky author, and deserved much better. I forced myself to consume this unappetising mess in four sittings. When Gwyneth Paltrow's performance and the set design are the two best things going for a film, you know you are onto a loser. The male lead was absolutely insipid.
  2. JackC.
    Oct 28, 2006
    1
    Wallows in its own pretension and tries to make a story of cardboard cutouts into meaningful art. Emotional complexity and directorial merit are left as afterthoughts: instead, this movie shows the viewer a cadre of crazies and rests on its laurels contentedly, bringing neither style nor substance to the table. Burroughs must feel downright insulted at this perversion of his memoir. Some Wallows in its own pretension and tries to make a story of cardboard cutouts into meaningful art. Emotional complexity and directorial merit are left as afterthoughts: instead, this movie shows the viewer a cadre of crazies and rests on its laurels contentedly, bringing neither style nor substance to the table. Burroughs must feel downright insulted at this perversion of his memoir. Some saving graces... Evan Rachel Wood gave a performance that managed to have more than one dimension (and was smoking hot while she was doing it). Other than that, I can't see where the art is. People in the theatre were laughing at this serious movie all throughout its too-long running time, and I can't blame them. Absurdism for the sake of absurdism has no artistic value... and that's exactly the calling card of Running with Scissors. Expand
  3. SteveS.
    Feb 26, 2007
    0
    Terrible, over-rated movie like American Beauty. Directionless, pointless, with the therapist being the worst of all roles.
  4. DavidS
    Oct 17, 2006
    2
    Director Ryan Murphy made a tragic mistake of just trying to get Bening an Oscar then developing the main characters essential role... typical with a very affected new coming Hollywood director...
  5. JoeC
    Oct 28, 2006
    1
    I had decent expectations for the movie based on the book and cast, but it turned out to be uninteresting and overly strange. I wasn't moved let alone entertained.
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    38
    For the most part, Murphy is pitching somewhere between "American Beauty" and "The Royal Tenenbaums"; indeed, the characters Bening and Gwyneth Paltrow play in Scissors are, in a sense, inversions of their roles in Beauty and Tenenbaums, respectively.
  2. Too outlandish to be fully convincing, this adaptation of the best-selling memoir sacrifices subtlety for broad laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Writer-director Ryan Murphy strives mightily to capture the bracing hilarity, pathos and surreal incident of Burroughs' bestselling memoir, but this rudderless adaptation never gets a firm grip on the author's deadpan tone or episodic narrative style.