Barney's Version

130 mins
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Comedy-drama about the life and times of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti, in a Golden Globe winning performance). Based on... More

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Barney's Version | Ratings & Reviews

"Without having read Mordecai Richler’s 1997 novel which Barney’s Version is adapted from, it’s still abundantly clear that this long, glossily mounted tearjerker exhibits all the usual problems with paring down 400 pages into an orderly feature film."


"The dizzying comic energy and intellectual vigor of Mordecai Richler's 1997 satire have largely been drained from director Richard J. Lewis' agreeable but inevitably lesser version of "Barney's Version"..."


"The life of a guy who constantly screws up could be a downer. But Barney’s Version is a heart-toasting pleasure thanks not least to a trio of engrossing performances."

Total FilmTotal Film

"In spite of Mr. Giamatti's ferociously energetic performance Barney's Version never figures out just who Barney is."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"Giamatti's performance is one of those achievements. He is making a career of playing unremarkable but memorable men."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

"Barney's Version provides a window into a surreal life, filmer reviewer Mark Orton says."

Otago Daily TimesOtago Daily Times

"Whatever the film's flaws, and like its protagonist, there are times when things get a bit out of control, watching Giamatti use Barney to wrestle with success, failure, friendship, love and increasingly with time is exhilarating."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Highly entertaining and arguably the most satisfying Richler screen adaptation to date."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"While perhaps a touch overlong and with plot strands that don't hang together as well as they might, this is remains a triumph, illuminated by a terrific leading man turn from Paul Giamatti."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"The film, lacking narration or much explanation of the character, is an outsider's version rather than his own. It's intriguing, but almost always frustrating."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

Barney's Version | Details

Award winner
Winner for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy (Giamatti) at the 2010 Golden Globes.
M, contains offensive language and sexual references
Comedy, Drama
Country of origin

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