A Million Little Pieces

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  • While solidly cast and competently helmed, A Million Little Pieces amounts to little more than a well-intentioned but unpersuasive echo of a deeply problematic memoir.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    As a stand-alone work of cinema fiction, "A Million Little Pieces" is an effective blunt instrument of a film - a rough-edged, unvarnished, painfully accurate portrayal of addiction and rehabilitation.
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    Matt Zoller SeitzRogerEbert.com
    A petulant, boastful, and not very noteworthy variation of a story that plenty of films, documentary and fiction, have told before, but with more insight or panache.
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    Alison WillmoreNew York Magazine/Vulture
    An underwhelming addiction story that feels not just familiar, but more focused on the bad-boy swagger of its main character than his actual recovery.
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    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    Yet another ruin-and-rehab tale, one that initially tantalizes then flatly disappoints.
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    Johnny OleksinskiNew York Post
    James' inner life and his experience is made up of a million little pieces, but in this flat film we get just one.
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    Michael NordineTheWrap
    Making a recovery movie is like making a boxing movie: The formula is so well established that the most viewers can hope for is a slight variation on a familiar theme.
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    Roxana HadadiPajiba
    The Taylor-Johnsons have made a well-meaning version of a story about addiction, but given what we know about James Frey, A Million Little Pieces doesn't feel like enough.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    ... hampered by its reliance on clichés about addiction and rehabilitation that squander a committed lead performance by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
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    Shannon McGrewNightmarish Conjurings
    I'm glad a film like A Million Little Pieces exists because it's a reminder that life with an addiction doesn't have to be hopeless.
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    Chris BumbrayJoBlo's Movie Network
    If you're a fan of the book it's worth seeing, but the memoir is, unfortunately, a product of its time that's hard to adapt
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