MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 817 this week

Barney's Version (2010)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 January 2011 (Italy)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 19,348 users   Metascore: 67/100
Reviews: 83 user | 189 critic | 33 from Metacritic.com

The picaresque and touching story of the politically incorrect, fully lived life of the impulsive, irascible and fearlessly blunt Barney Panofsky.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $9.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 25 Mar 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 06 May 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 04 Nov 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 12 Jun 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Barney's Version" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Barney's Version (2010)

Barney's Version (2010) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Barney's Version.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A child escapes from Poland during World War II and first heads to Greece before coming of age in Canada.

Director: Jeremy Podeswa
Stars: Robbie Kay, Monika Schurmann, Nina Dobrev
Burning Palms (2010)
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A subversive tale that interlaces five stories set in Los Angeles, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.

Director: Christopher Landon
Stars: Jamie Chung, Rosamund Pike, Dylan McDermott
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Director: Nigel Cole
Stars: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Andrea Riseborough
Freefall (TV Movie 2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

'Diamond' Dave Matthews works for a ruthless firm providing mortgages to families denied credit, regardless of whether they can afford the repayments. Divorced City banker Gus sells ... See full summary »

Director: Dominic Savage
Stars: Dominic Cooper, Laura Ainsworth, Aidan Gillen
An Education (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Kathryn Vale (Lena Olin) is a reclusive ex-movie star with a dark secret and a daughter hoping to follow in her mother's movie-star footsteps. When Kathryn attempts to make a career ... See full summary »

Director: James Oakley
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Lena Olin, Dean Winters
The Big Year (2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.

Director: David Frankel
Stars: Owen Wilson, Jack Black, Steve Martin
Animation | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full on invasion.

Directors: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry
Stars: Hugh Fraser, Alexander Armstrong, Rory McHenry
The Libertine (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

Director: Laurence Dunmore
Stars: Johnny Depp, Samantha Morton, John Malkovich
Surrogates (2009)
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others' surrogates.

Director: Jonathan Mostow
Stars: Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames
Promised Land II (2004)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

"Promised Land" tells the story of a group of young unwitting Estonian girls smuggled through Egypt to be auctioned off as prostitutes in Israel, and of their initiation into this trade of ... See full summary »

Director: Amos Gitai
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Diana Bespechni, Hanna Schygulla
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mike Christie
Stars: David Caron, Nick O'Brien, Rosamund Pike
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
O'Malley Director #1
...
T / U Productions Executive #1
David Pryde ...
T / U Productions Executive #2
...
Bartender at Grumpy's
...
...
Marica Pellegrinelli ...
The Countess
Thomas Trabacchi ...
Leo
...
...
Domenico Minutoli ...
Judge at Rome Wedding
Massimo Wertmüller ...
Rome Doctor
Edit

Storyline

Take a ride through the life and memories of Barney Panofsky, a hard-drinking, cigar-smoking, foulmouthed 65-year old hockey fanatic and television producer, as he reflects on his life's successes and (numerous) gaffes and failures as the final chapters of his own existence come sharply into focus. Written by Production

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

First he got married. Then he got married again. Then he met the love of his life.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

14 January 2011 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A Minha Versão do Amor  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$65,241 (USA) (14 January 2011)

Gross:

$7,501,404 (USA) (17 June 2011)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Twenty-first adaptation of a work written by Canadian author Mordecai Richler. See more »

Goofs

On the radio Miriam introduces the song "I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore" by Dusty Springfield. The recording played is the version by Shelby Lynne which was recorded in 2008. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Blair: Hello?
Barney Panofsky: Blair, I'd like to speak with my wife.
Blair: Oh, Barney, it's 3:00 in the morning.
Barney Panofsky: Put my wife on the phone.
Blair: She's not your wife and I'm not waking her.
Barney Panofsky: All right. Well, then just ask her what she wants me to do with all these nude photos I have of her. Ah, come to think of it, you actually might want them, if only to see what Miriam looked like in her prime.
Blair: [hangs up]
See more »

Connections

Featured in The Hour: Episode #7.58 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock The Boat
Written by Wally Holmes
Performed by The Directors
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A delightful adaptation packed with excellent dialogue and even better performances
16 January 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Of the few movies I really wanted to see but missed at this year's past Toronto International Film Festival, Barney's Version is the one that I regretted the most. It was one of the few shining examples of Canadian film on display at the festival (and was anchored by the fact that it was based off the critically acclaimed final novel by Canadian literary icon Mordecai Richler), but apparently I was not the only one aiming to see it. And after seeing the final film nearly five months later, I can see why.

Barney (Paul Giamatti) is an aging television producer, divorced and comforted only by his cigars and rash drinking habits. As a new book is released detailing some sordid details of an event Barney would rather forget, he starts to look back on his life and all the many mistakes he made. And after three failed marriages, "many" may not be the apt word to describe them.

I had read Barney's Version as a forced assignment in my final year of high school, and never finished it cover to cover. It was dense, lengthy, rambled for pages on end, and just did not feel satisfyingly cohesive. It was punctuated throughout with hilarity, tragedy, and sorrow, but never wallowed in it. You could practically smell the detail of the characters wafting off each page. And as the title suggests, it was the story of Barney's life, as told by Barney. It was a somewhat enjoyable book, but having almost failed the assignment, my memories of it are rather tarnished.

To my delight, this is not how the movie feels at all.

As opposed to a literal page to screen translation, Michael Konyves has instead whittled and simplified the narrative down to the basics. He changes, updates and moves a few things around, and loses others completely. While this may outrage some fans of the book, it makes the film all the easier to digest. It never gets lost in what it is trying to say, and never falls into any of the densely boring traps the novel set out for itself. The odd and intimate details of each character are still here (more so from the principal cast than the supporting players), as is the snappy and hilarious dialogue. And for the entire running time, the film stays in Richler's unique voice, never straying into unknown or lesser territory in any instance. For someone who has previously worked mainly in television, this is an excellent achievement and one that makes me look forward to Konyves future projects.

As a Canadian myself, it pains me to note that the majority of films I see are of foreign creation. So it was with great surprise that Barney's Version, a Canadian film, looked and felt just as good as any film coming out of the likes of the United States. The sweeping decades-long set design, costumes, makeup and soundtrack are all handled excellently as well. The little quips about Montreal and Canadian life are great, as are the small blink-and-you'll-miss-them cameos by some of the country's most famous auteurs. And unlike so many Canadian-made films, Barney's Version stays true to the nation of its birth but never force feeds Canadiana down the audience's throats. This of course, is a small quip that may not be noticed in the slightest by most audiences. But it is one that should be duly noted for all future Canadian productions nonetheless.

As Barney, Giamatti is stunning and perfect as always. He is one of the most talented and underrated character actors of his generation, and he continues to prove his worth and excellence here. Barney's life is an emotional roller-coaster, and Giamatti gives his all to make the audience really feel for this pathetic, misguided, adolescent shell of a man. It reminded me a lot of his work in Sideways, and is likely his strongest work to date. No matter what emotion or word he is trying to convey, you will hang on every sound and look. He just keeps getting better with each new year, each new role. This is not quite the inspired brilliance of Colin Firth in The King's Speech, or the emotional powerhouse of James Franco in 127 Hours, but it is yet another example of how criminally overlooked he is come award season.

The rest of the cast is fairly solid, no matter their screen time. Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver and especially Rosamund Pike are all excellent as Barney's wives, as is Scott Speedman as his best friend Boogie. But they are all overshadowed by Dustin Hoffman in the role of Barney's father Izzy. He steals the show from just about everyone, providing more gusto and depth than he has in years. And it does not hurt that he has the most hilariously devastating moment in the entire film.

If I have to hold anything against the film at all, it is in the fact that it loses its momentum much too soon. The entire first half of the film almost feels like whiplash from how fast-paced it moves along. But once the second half comes, and the emotional weight of the movie kicks into gear, it slows down a bit too hard. It never becomes boring, and never drags its heels like the book does, but it just lacks the power and finesse of everything that comes before it. The zest and drive of the film are always there, but with how much has been altered and changed to make the film more accessible to audiences, I think they could have done a bit more to keep the film going for its entire 132-minute running time.

Barney's Version is a revelation of a film, packed with a great story, excellent dialogue and even better performances. This is one of the unsung best films of the year, and one that has and will continue to be criminally overlooked.

9/10.


65 of 77 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The ending... philly_kane
Just give Paul Giamatti the oscar oldacademypictures
Hard on vegans Pamactress
Why did Barney yell at his 1st wife's father? everyoneisondope80
What does 'the onion' mean... marburgerin21
Makeup nominee? BloodylocksBathory
Discuss Barney's Version (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?