Sunday 22 September 2019

A Million Little Pieces review: 'Packs an emotional punch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson is compelling in the lead'

3 stars

Red mist: Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James Frey in A Million Little Pieces
Red mist: Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James Frey in A Million Little Pieces
Paul Whitington

Paul Whitington

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s gritty addiction drama is based on a controversial 2006 memoir by James Frey, and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James, a recklessly unhappy young man whose crack and alcohol addictions have almost killed him by the time he’s forced to check into a treatment centre.

At first he angrily refuses to accept the fact that he’s an addict, but tentative friendships and the struggles of fellow inmates will eventually persuade him to pull himself together.

Though by no means perfect and needlessly melodramatic at times, A Million Little Pieces packs an emotional punch and Taylor-Johnson is compelling in the lead.

(16, 113mins)

Read more: ‘It felt like we had everything against us’ - Aaron Taylor Johnson on adapting James Frey’s controversial memoir with wife Sam

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