Running with Scissors (2007) 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)…
DVD Review

Running with Scissors (2007)

NOT SO SHARP Joseph Cross, Bening, and the rest of the Scissors cast is on point, but in the end, the movie just doesn't cut…
Image credit: Running with Scissors: Suzanne Tenner
NOT SO SHARP Joseph Cross, Bening, and the rest of the Scissors cast is on point, but in the end, the movie just doesn't cut it

Details Release Date: Feb 06, 2007; DVD Release Date: Feb 06, 2007; Movie Rated: R; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Annette Bening and Joseph Cross; 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 Jan 31, 2007 Published in issue #920 Feb 09, 2007 Order article reprints