The HumblingBased on Phillip Roth’s final novel, The Humbling tells the story of over-the-hill stage actor Simon Axler (Al Pacino) and his struggle to find his passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian Pegeen Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), but as their relationship heats up Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful Pegeen. The Humbling is directed by Barry Levinson and also stars Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin and Nina Arianda
Actors of "The Humbling"
Characters of "The Humbling"
Directors of "The Humbling"Barry LevinsonBirthdate: 6 April 1942, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Creators of "The Humbling"Buck HenryBirthdate: 9 December 1930, New York City, New York, USAMichal Zebede
Critic Reviews of "The Humbling"Rolling StoneJanuary 29, 2015
This is Pacino's best film performance in years. In playing an actor who has lost the art of fooling himself, he reveals with mordant wit the terrors of diminished capacity. To watch him do it is a master class.New YorkerJanuary 26, 2015
"The Humbling" reveals an ominous gulf between the director and his theme ...RogerEbert.comJanuary 23, 2015
Pacino gives a refreshingly quiet and understated performance with poignant moments of vulnerability. It is the most consistent factor in a film that is frustratingly inconsistent.Globe and MailJanuary 23, 2015
An unusually charming dark comedy about an actor teetering on the edges of reality, fantasy and career.New York TimesJanuary 22, 2015
The movie is too shrewd to qualify as a jeremiad, but underneath the comedy are boiling undercurrents of anger and despair.Toronto SunJanuary 22, 2015
If you liked Birdman, you also might like seeing Al Pacino playing a delusional, indeed hallucinatory, actor trying to save his soul and his onstage career in the sort-of-comedy The Humbling. Or you might not.FlavorwireMay 30, 2016
In the end, 'The Humbling' is one of those movies where the "plot" is far less interesting than what the movie is "about" - and in this case, it's about acting in general and Al Pacino in particular.Epoch TimesMay 22, 2016
It definitely seems like there is a thin line between method acting and insanity in The Humbling.The Film StageMarch 15, 2016
A melancholic alternation of bitter and comedic sketches, all resolutely low-key and wildly uneven.SF WeeklyDecember 31, 2015
It's a mopey, silly situation, whose only tension comes from our perpetual fear that Levinson is about to make us watch a somber drama copulating with a farce.NOW TorontoDecember 18, 2015
This is really two stories: one about an old guy trying to prove he's still got it sexually speaking, and the other about an artist losing a grip on his craft. The latter plot point is decent. The former? Yuck.Movie MezzanineApril 28, 2015
A messy movie but also a thrilling one, grappling with diminished talents and vanishing virility in brutally honest ways that show up the similarly-themed Birdman as a cheap parlor trick.
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