(Running with Scissors: Suzanne Tenner)

Running with Scissors

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Annette Bening, Joseph Cross, Alec Baldwin, Jill Clayburgh, Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Evan Rachel Wood; Director: Ryan Murphy; Author: Ryan Murphy; Release Date Wide: 10/27/2006; Runtime (in minutes): 116; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: TriStar Pictures

This slick adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’ fanciful memoir of a boundary-free childhood establishes a vibrant, music-video-esque palette; the grade-A cast (especially the exquisite Annette Bening) lands every line; comedy and pathos fight tooth and nail for narrative pull. It’s invigorating entertainment, but we can’t connect to these caricatures. EXTRAS A less-than-incisive interview with Burroughs and quickie featurettes…set to a soft-core porn soundtrack. A nod to Scissors’ ’70s setting, or a horrible miscalculation? B-

Originally posted February 7 2007 — 12:00 AM EST

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