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Barney's Version

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Richard J. Lewis

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About the Movie

The story of the politically incorrect life of Barney Panofsky, who meets the love of his life at his wedding - and she is not the bride. A candid confessional, told from Barney's point of view, the film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through the different ―acts of his unusual history. There is his first wife, Clara, a flame-haired, flagrantly unfaithful free spirit with whom Barney briefly lives la vie de Boheme in Rome. The "Second Mrs. Panofsky" is a wealthy Jewish Princess who shops and talks incessantly, barely noticing that Barney is not listening. And it is at their lavish wedding that Barney meets, and starts pursuing, Miriam, his third wife, the mother of his two children, and his true love. With his father, Izzy as his sidekick, Barney takes us through the many highs, and a few too many lows, of his long and colorful life. Not only does Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he is also capable of all kinds of sneaky acts of gallantry, generosity, and goodness when we – and he least expect it. His is a gloriously full life, played out on a grand scale. And, at its center stands an unlikely hero – the unforgettable Barney Panofsky.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 133
  • Fresh: 106
  • Rotten: 27
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Highly entertaining and arguably the most satisfying Richler screen adaptation to date. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 17, 2011

Fresh: 'Barney's Version'' is a smart, well-acted two hours at the art house, full of witty observations and fellow feeling. But, really, it has no business being a movie. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Feb 3, 2011

Fresh: The movie, much like your own life, is best enjoyed when you don't know exactly what happens next. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Aug 22, 2011

Rotten: This has the overstuffed feel of a sprawling, life-spanning story that's been wrestled down to feature length. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Feb 11, 2011

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Customer Reviews

All I can say is this is a not to be missed movie. Epic Film.

Giamatti's best film!!!!!!!


I'm so closet to first

My Review

I think that it was mediochre because of the cast and jokes.

Barney's Version
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2010

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