‘The Tender Bar’ review: George Clooney’s film adaptation falls short of its source material

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The Seattle Times

“The Tender Bar,” the memoir written by J.R. Moehringer, is a great book. “The Tender Bar,” the movie directed by George Clooney, is only an OK movie. Something gets lost along the way, and that’s not surprising; Moehringer’s book, a dense retelling of a mostly fatherless childhood spent partly at a Long Island neighborhood bar, is enchanting for the poetry of its language and for the author’s constant resistance to easy sentimentality. Clooney’s movie, scripted by William Monahan, can’t quite manage that resistance — the book’s rough edges are smoothed away, and what remains is a fairly gener…

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