Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A film of uncommon originality.
  2. 88
    A brave, funny, affecting film.
  3. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    A cross between a road movie, a documentary and a therapy session.
  4. 80
    A painful, hilarious and immensely moving rumination on mid-life angst.
  5. The strange and delightful Talent Given Us is a movie that shouldn't work but does rather remarkably.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Brutally truthful, funny and touching in nearly equal measure.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    One fears, however, that not every uncomfortable scene was scripted, and that we have just been privy to some awfully private moments. It makes for uneasy viewing, sure, but it's one of the most compelling rides around.
  8. This isn't a movie, it's a thingamajig - frequently as off-putting as can be, but unassailably one of a kind.
  9. 75
    Limps to a fairly lame conclusion, but until then its remarkable candor is like spending a memorably hilarious, harrowing and unforgettable weekend with your wacky in-laws.
  10. An engaging portrait of a functionally dysfunctional family.
  11. 70
    Raw, fascinating, often unpleasant film.
  12. 70
    The most poignant performance comes from Allen, a retired stock analyst who clings to his masculine pride even though his body's falling apart on him.
  13. Autobiographical or not, the frankness and family hysteria of this rolling therapy session gets awkwardly intimate and at times tough to endure, as much for its raw candor as for its confessional contrivance. Too bad the revelations of past mistakes are more interesting than the story played out screen.
  14. Occasionally funny and touching, but often embarrassing and cringe-inducing.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    This curious blend of fact and fiction is ultimately worth the trip -- just don't forget to pack the Advil.
  16. It's difficult, though, to see how this picture -- essentially chronicling a long car trip -- could mean much to anyone but the Wagners and their friends and relatives.
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  1. CourtneyB.
    Aug 22, 2005
    At first I thought, Whaaaat have I gotten myself into! From the first listing of the actors...most of whom had the same last name, it was readily apparent that The Talent Given Us was not your ordinary film. But I was immediately drawn in by the quirky interactions of this complex, contentious, ultimately loving family on their Pilgrim's progress from New York to LA. I highly recommend this film. Full Review »