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The Humbling

Drama . Comedy

Following a breakdown and suicide attempt, an aging actor becomes involved with a much younger woman but soon finds that it's difficult to keep pace with her.

Actors: Al Pacino , Greta Gerwig , Dylan Baker , Charles Grodin , Nina Arianda , Kyra Sedgwick , Dianne Wiest , Dan Hedaya , Annika Pergament , Peter Francis James
Directors: Barry Levinson
Country: USA , ITALY
Release: 2015-01-23
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  • Peter Rainer

    Pacino still gets a blast out of acting. His performance in this film about a blocked performer is gloriously unblocked – a valentine to vanity.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Levinson and Pacino's willingness to explore the creakier end of life isn't a drawback; it's what gives The Humbling its bittersweet vitality.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    If you can adjust to the film's uneven rhythms and often illusory vibe, there's a treasure trove of off-kilter humor, affecting pathos and first-class acting to be savored.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • John Bleasdale

    The result is a beautifully entertaining film. It is witty and the scenes between Gerwig and Pacino fizz alternately with flirtation, humour and occasionally rage.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Humbling is a dark dazzler shot through with mirth and delicious malice. But be warned. It is not Roth's novel.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    An unusually charming dark comedy about an actor teetering on the edges of reality, fantasy and career. The subject of dementia is explored and mined, not made fun of.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Pacino demonstrates considerable comic chops in The Humbling — which has some interesting similarities to “Birdman.’’ It loses some momentum in its third act, but provides plenty of juicy material for a terrific cast.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    The movie is too shrewd to qualify as a jeremiad, but underneath the comedy are boiling undercurrents of anger and despair.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Pacino in low doses can be fulsome, and this is 10,000 cc’s of super-concentrated Al and his patented air of electrified stuporousness — which means it’s always on the border between thrilling and insufferable.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    For every element that doesn’t work...there’s a moment that crackles with electricity and conviction.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Deborah Young

    Once Pacino is surrounded by other characters, the comedy comes thick and fast and the material begins to come together in an absurd sort of way.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Fronted by a vibrant, deeply committed Al Pacino performance and very fine support from Greta Gerwig, this uneven but captivating film deserves to find its own audience, though doing so will surely prove to be an uphill climb.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kaleem Aftab

    The entertainment value of The Humbling comes largely from Pacino's performance.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    Pacino dials down the manic, wide-eyed “Hoo-ah!” that has defined his screen presence over the past couple decades, and often rendered the Method master a parody of himself. Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    Philip Roth's original ending is cranked up to 11, flattening the more interesting contours of Al Pacino's performance into a martyr's desperate plea for an audience's love.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The Humbling should have been more brisk, should have been cut, and should have had more of the Pacino who finishes this thing off with a flourish. The soul searching and sense of a life misspent are interesting. But there’s an awful lot of hooey before we get to the “Hoo hah.”

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Humbling is a jumbled collection of scenes in which fantasy and reality intertwine in a manner I found more maddening than intriguing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A so-so movie you just might want to see more than once. It belongs in a strange category: a film that can’t quite be called a success, that has too many dead spots, that doesn’t quite hang together or satisfy, and that yet is more interesting and occupies more space in the mind than other movies that are ostensibly and even unquestionably better.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Even, however, if its thunder hadn’t been immediately stolen by "Birdman," which premiered three days before it at last August’s Venice International Film Festival, The Humbling would still look like a folly. Bad timing is the least of its problems.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    A missed opportunity that squanders the talents of a pretty stacked cast and jeopardizes the audience’s patience and care for its spoiled characters for too long.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The whole thing makes Dustin Hoffman’s performance in Levinson’s “Rain Man” seem like a triumph of underplaying.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    “Old age isn’t a battle; old age is a massacre,” Roth wrote in Everyman, but other than a few jokes about Axler’s limp erection and thrown-out back, we don’t see much of that.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    The Humbling, which was directed by Barry Levinson (Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man) and based on a novel by Philip Roth, is such inept, shuffling nonsense that an apter title might have been The Bumbling.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Catherine Bray

    Pacino himself isn't exactly bad, but he's far from good, and it's difficult to see past the terrible role.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    With all the talent on tap — including screenwriter Buck Henry, who worked with Michal Zebede to adapt Philip Roth’s 2009 novel — you’d think we’d get something better than this outdated indulgence.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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