A Million Little Pieces

 (1,631)6.21 h 52 min2019X-RayR
In search of a higher power, James Frey uncovers a community of recovering addicts that support him on his journey to redemption.
Directors
Sam Taylor-Johnson
Starring
Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBilly Bob ThorntonOdessa Young
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Giovanni RibisiJuliette LewisCharlie Hunnam
Producers
Aaron Taylor-JohnsonSam Taylor-JohnsonBrad WestonPamela AbdyAndrew RonaAlex Heineman
Studio
Momentum Pictures
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Smokingsubstance usealcohol usenudityfoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.2 out of 5 stars

1631 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 6% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 6% of reviews have 1 stars
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Tamara A RobertsReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally!!! Love the rebellion of the 12 Steps. Showing the other side.
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I loved it. Finally a movie showing the reality that 12 step Rehabs can be horrible. Showing that not everyone agrees or wants to do 12 step. And that they succeed without it. Finally. Instead of the constant outpouring of Hollywoods AA salvation stories that are not the truth of rehabs and real life. Other things work out there.
25 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Huge Book Fan. Different, but Great!
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I read the book three times. I could hardly breathe each time. It describes detox and rehab perfectly. I am thrilled the book made it to the big screen. Frey wrote the book in a style that is difficult to translate to film. With little punctuation, he gives the reader frantic thoughts, raw feelings, and fractured time. There's a sense of urgency, even pain, throughout the book, just like an addict detoxing in reality. The film does a superb job of telling this story in a way that attempts to capture that edginess for the average person. For me, as someone who knows the reality of all this, I was able to call upon my past to capture that needed grit - it worked very well. If you are newly clean and sober, BEWARE. There are highly graphic trigger scenes at the beginning and towards the end. The cast is awesome. Billy Bob, Juliette, Aaron. Even the guy who plays Ross (?) who bullies him in the toilet. How can anyone fault it? I could not have chosen better myself. Ribisi is incredible. He completely embodies the fear of leaving the safety of rehab. Some of us shook with this fear just as Ribisi's character did. This film is the best it will get for a movie version of an incredible book about the rehab experience. It also has a fairly good soundtrack. (I wish they had left out the dentist scene because we know it's not true and adds nothing to the film.) *Frey does NOT reject the Twelve Steps as some reviewers claim. In fact, he does all 12 steps in the film just as he does in the book. He surrenders, which is the whole freaking point. He even has a sponsor in Leonard and a Higher Power in the Tao. It's all so subtle.
12 people found this helpful
Russell SReviewed in the United States on June 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Masterpiece
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23 year old James magnificently played by Aaron Taylor Johnson, is a profound addict. He ends up at rehab and what a story from there. I have heard that there was a ton of controversy about this being true or not??? I watched a movie, I didn't care. What I watched was amazing. Directed by Aaron's wife, excellent. The story was a roller coaster of emotions and I latched onto each one. What a cast....Aaron himself was and is a star! each player in this cast deserves kudos. Billy Bob Thornton, Giovanni Ribisi (amazing) Juliette Lewis (Sublime) Charlie Hunnam (wish he was in it more) Odeessa Young (scary good). Back to Billy Bob....it was like he was made for this part. He was outstanding. Big recommendations here, not for the faint of heart though.
5 people found this helpful
Erin EggsReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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I’m not an addict, but I have family members who are. This movie is from the viewpoint of an addict. I feel that this movie might help non addicts understand the horrors of addiction better and may give addicts the hope they need.
I remember when the book came out, it was a true story and a big hit. It became controversial because some (irrelevant) facts were determined not true. Maybe things were true in the authors mind during his addiction and treatment, who knows.
The overall story of addiction and recovery is really the message here. Very well done and much appreciated.
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Poor Dialogue
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This movie was overindulgent and boring with poor dialogue despite boasting a stellar cast. The only reason I gave it two stars was for ATJ's nude scenes.
8 people found this helpful
JennReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stellar
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Anyone that has dealt with addiction or has experienced it within their family will appreciate the rawness and human aspect of this film. Aaron Taylor Johnson gives a stellar performance. He delivers on all of the emotions that one goes through in the struggle. He's very in tune with his audience and the subject matter. Props to both him and his wife (Director Sam Taylor Johnson) for making a great film. Looking forward to future films that showcase his acting. He just keeps getting better with every movie.
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of time and money!
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This movie felt like a movie. The characters were flat and impossible to relate to, and even though there were some great actors in this and their roles fell short, but the main actor was unemotionally connected to this disingenuous character. And he was impossible to like. Watching him was just horrible.. Movies, and stories about addiction need to hit a nerve, and emotions with the viewer/reader and this did not. Waste of money.
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Lizzy CarterReviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty Good
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This movie was based off of one of my favorite books, so I purchased it when it was released. It follows the story line pretty accurately. The book is much more detailed tho, and I wished the movie could have been a little bit longer so some of the other scenes could be incorporated into the movie. Overall it was a good movie, but I do recommend reading the book for full details.
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