Metascore
29

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
    30
    A brittle, pompous drama.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jul 25, 2013
    30
    Not to be glib, but sitting through the art-centric chamber piece The Time Being is truly like watching paint dry.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 25, 2013
    40
    Despite the movie’s flaws, Cicin-Sain does show considerable confidence for a first-time writer and director.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Jul 26, 2013
    25
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 1, 2013
    50
    Langella is solid as always, but his haunted, bitter character is pretty two-dimensional, and having to share all his scenes with Bentley doesn’t allow for much interplay.
  6. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Jul 26, 2013
    50
    Imagine the most overdone, Philip Glass-style horror movie music playing over glossy footage of a university art class, and you have some idea what your eyes and ears are in for while attending The Time Being.
  7. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Jul 24, 2013
    25
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Aisha Harris
    Jul 25, 2013
    60
    The Time Being is a visual pleasure, with Cicin-Sain unveiling shot after shot of glorious landscapes and striking silhouettes.
  9. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 25, 2013
    20
    An exhaustingly pretentious heave of artistic self-involvement, The Time Being takes an exceptionally handsome journey to nowhere at all.
  10. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 23, 2013
    40
    [Viewers] won’t find much here besides Langella’s typically austere performance, some lazy character sketches...and the sensation one gets after having watched paint dry, painfully slowly, on a canvas.
  11. Reviewed by: R.C. Baker
    Jul 23, 2013
    20
    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
    5
    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.

    Read my full review here: http://filmtastic.tv/2013/07/18/review-the-time-being-2/
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