The movie is banal fluff, a compendium of undeveloped ideas and humorless jokes, but it's such a shift in tone from Weiner's TV work, and so uncharacteristically unpolished in its execution, that, charitably, one hopes it's a one-time venture into unexplored territory for the writer-director.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s thematically ambitious comic drama Are You Here is shot, cut like a quality cable series, and plotted like an adaptation of a Boomer writer’s lesser novel. It’s easy to recognize its literary or televisual potential—how the narrative’s well-rounded characters, subplots, and motifs could develop over 500 pages or a 13-episode season. As a film, though, it amounts to less than the sum of its parts.
[Mad Men's] Mr. Weiner wrote “Are You Here” in 2005. Viewers expecting the polish and sophistication of “Mad Men” will get a work unrecognizably from the same hand: a film more Dick Whitman than Don Draper.