I must admit I haven't watched this movie to the end, but I saw enough of it to know that it is a pretentious attempt at an "Art Piece", with very little actual substance. My biggest complaint is with the device this director seemed to think was pretty snazzy: that of people talking incessantly in the background while the main character goes about grizzling and mumbling. I know it's supposed to mean something, but it is a conceit that only succeeds in being irritating. The mother who locks her child in the car can't shut up for a second, the guy in the casino talk/raps endlessly about how great Manglehorn is (really?), and even in a cafeteria while attempting to eat his liver and onions in peace, there is a woman yakking endlessly about food. People are talking in the bank, the radio is on in the car, there are the countless voice-overs of Manglehorn declaring his undying love for Clara in a ceaseless, meaningless monotone. Pacino was just okay. Nothing special and certainly nothing approaching his earlier talent. It is hard to believe that this character was ever charismatic, or desirable, or even young. Maybe that's the point, but it would be nice to see a glimmer of something in this man. The fact that the lovely bank teller could find this stooped, oily, unkempt old man a possible love interest is laughable. Yes, we know he's Pacino, but that just 'aint good enough; there has to be a reason to love this man (beyond the fact that he is a lonely, pathetic figure,) and it has to be more than his love for his cat - which didn't even ring true. COME ON Mr. Pacino - you're better than this. If you've lost your mojo, then just retire. There is no shame in that - most people retire at some point. We'll always have Serpico.
This film is way too monotonous, IMO. I liked the idea of a guy that can't get over the loss/absence of his true love. However, this is a very tedious and monotonous example of such a premise. Paul Dano's character shows up as an annoying acquaintance and ended up annoying me by the time his scene was over. Then another monologue (voice-over) by the locksmith played by Pacino (the one and only), and I am officially fed up with this movie. I give it 3 stars because this film is well acted, and was well photographed...had everything going for it really, except a story.
The only thing that gave this movie a 2 instead of a 1 was Al Pacino. Its a shame he had to be in a movie this awful. I have not been so bored with a movie since Birdman which I rated a 1 and couldn't even finish watching.This movie is full of uninteresting characters in an uninteresting story. The drama is left unfinished and everything that happens is left up in the air and makes you wonder what happened. I have enjoyed Al Pacino in all kinds of movies but this is the worst thing I have ever seen him do. It is almost like it is an apology from him to us for his getting old.Don't expect anything from this movie or its characters, then you might not be disappointed.
"I didn't mean to scare you last night. But what am I gonna do, sometimes I get crazy." A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) is a locksmith who is in love with a woman who he lost a few years ago. He spends his days eating at the same places, doing the same things and caring for his cat. When he meets Dawn (Hunter) he thinks he found someone he has something in common with, she thinks it is much more. Now Manglehorn is forced to reexamine his life and decide what he truly wants to be. I am a huge Pacino fan and was looking forward to watching this one. I was not surprised at how great his acting was. He played someone along the lines of his role in People I Know, someone who is barely holding it together and someone that makes you wonder if he is a good guy or not. The reason I talk about that is because he is the reason to watch this. The movie is good, but a little too over produced. There are a ton of cuts and the movie always seems to be moving. It doesn't really fit the quiet, reserved role that Pacino plays. It's hard to explain unless you watch this. Overall, another great performance by Pacino that seems not to mesh with the pace and feel of the movie. It almost feels like the director tried to prove something, rather than let the acting and writing speak for itself. I give this a B-.