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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    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 Emporium
    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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    Stephen SchaeferBoston Herald
    This is a journey, troubling and perhaps dangerous but well-worth taking.
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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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    Alci RengifoEntertainment Voice
    Not to downplay the experience of battling addiction, but "A Million Little Pieces" feels bland because it goes over the typical scenes of bodily decay and temper tantrums without giving the narrative a truly human backstory.
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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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