|Paramount Classics | Release Date: October 24, 2003||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
At one point, Downey's character is asked, "What are you gonna do with all this rage, this hate?" and he snaps back, "I'll probably just write serious literature." On TV, where the material seemed both serious and literate, that bit of black humour felt prophetic. On film, it's just a good joke. Read full review
The problem for director Keith Gordon is that Potter's script pares down to virtual nothing the very narrative threads that allowed us, in the full-length version, to identify with his prickly protagonist, and knocks us upside the head with a hyperkinetic, disorienting first act from which audiences -- especially those approaching this material cold -- are unlikely to recover. Read full review
Downey is undone by a woefully amateurish production that, sadly and ironically, looks like a cheap TV show.
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