Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Aug 1, 2013
    A brittle, pompous drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 25, 2013
    Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece The Time Being is truly like watching paint dry.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 26, 2013
    The pretentious and unrelievedly glum first feature from music-video and advertising director Nenad Cicin-Sain, The Time Being looks sharp, but it’s about as dramatically satisfying as watching paint dry.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 24, 2013
    After all the ponderous heavy breathing, it has nothing more profound to say than “artists should not neglect their families in pursuit of excellence.” Which might not ring so false if Bentley didn’t constantly look on the brink of devouring his family alive.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 25, 2013
    An exhaustingly pretentious heave of artistic self-involvement, The Time Being takes an exceptionally handsome journey to nowhere at all.
  6. Reviewed by: R.C. Baker
    Jul 23, 2013
    The characters are as leached of tone as the film's chiaroscuro sets and grisaille paintings, although Langella is certainly game.
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  1. Aug 6, 2013
    A little art house flick from visual artist Ninad Cicin-Sain, The Time Being is successful in producing a powerful emotive atmosphere while lacking a strong script and featuring some one-note acting performances that prevent it from becoming a great film.

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