Running with Scissors

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Dysfunctional-family memoir wallows in smug humor.

R 2006 120 minutes

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not rated for age

Based on 7 reviews

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age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

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deceived by the promos

could not decide if movie was meant to be funny, dramatic or a satire. it was slow moving and the story line was actually painful to watch. some small moments could not carry this movie nor its flippant attitude toward serious subjects. quality actors in this film and inspired sets could not improve the way this was filmed or the story line. definitely skip it!!!!!!!

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 20, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: February 6, 2007
  • Cast: Annette Bening, Brian Cox, Joseph Cross
  • Director: Ryan Murphy
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 120 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse.
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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