Rated R · 132 minutes · 2011

Dark comedy, Drama
Based on a novel by Mordecai Richler, this is a showcase for the talents of Paul Giamatti. He plays Barney Panofsky, a TV producer who marries often, yet only falls in love once, and is accused of the murder of his best friend (Scott Speedman). It also features a terrific performance from Dustin Hoffman as Barney’s dad, a retired policeman who will say anything he wants at the dinner table. Rosamund Pike gets her best role yet as Miriam, the subject of Barney’s love. The film is quite expansive—and might try to cover a bit too much. Still, Giamatti and Hoffman are so good that you might forgive the film’s shortcomings.
Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/barneysversion
Director: Richard Lewis
Producer: Robert Lantos and Mark Musselman
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman, Bruce Greenwood, Mark Addy, Saul Rubinek and Dustin Hoffman


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Indy Week A trip through a Montreal man's messy life in Barney's Version Barney Panofsky is a boozy, sweaty, ostensible fuckup who—despite being played by Paul Giamatti—is nonetheless strikingly successful in business and even more so with women. by David Fellerath 02/16/2011
Memphis Flyer A Man’s Life Paul Giamatti gets a big role — and good help — in the sprawling Barney’s Version. by Chris Herrington 02/17/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Blame Canada: Barney's Version There is such an embarrassment of riches to enjoy in Barney's Version, that it feels almost mean-spirited to detail its shortcomings. by Justin Strout 02/17/2011
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The Coast Halifax Barney's Version doesn't travel well Despite stellar performances from Paul Giamatti and crew, the sprawling screenplay lacks emotional impact. by Matt Semansky 01/13/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta Paul Giamatti slouches toward greatness in Barney's Version Rich, rambling film has the texture of a great novel by Curt Holman 02/16/2011
Portland Mercury Of Klingons and Bond Girls Paul Giamatti just won a Golden Globe—but really, he just wants to play a Klingon. by Ned Lannamann 02/24/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, February 18 Whether you're in the mood for big fiction about underground agencies changing identities or big facts involving sobering Tibetan travels, it's all at the movies. by James Ady 02/18/2011

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