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  • Summary: Daniel is a struggling young artist whose ambitions have pushed his marriage to the brink. When a reclusive millionaire named Warner purchases one of his pieces, he hopes for additional commissions from a new benefactor. Instead, Werner offers him a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. As Daniel starts to unravel the secrets behind the requests, he must determine if Warner is out to further his career or ruin his life. [Tribeca Film] Collapse
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  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Aisha Harris
    Jul 25, 2013
    The Time Being is a visual pleasure, with Cicin-Sain unveiling shot after shot of glorious landscapes and striking silhouettes.
  2. Reviewed by: Odie Henderson
    Jul 26, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Aug 1, 2013
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Aug 1, 2013
    A brittle, pompous drama.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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