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Of Mice and Men (1992)

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86

Average Rating: 8.9/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Gary Sinese directed this respectful re-telling of John Steinbeck's classic novel, with Sinese as the wily George and John Malkovich as the brutish, simple-minded Lennie. Set during the Depression era, the film opens as George and Lennie are running from a woman with a torn dress, who has sent a gang of ruffians to chase the two out of the county. After a long bus ride and a ten-mile walk, George and Lennie arrive at a migrant farm in California's San Joaquin Valley, where they seek work. George

PG-13,

Drama

Nov 6, 2001

MGM

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Well-mounted and very traditional, Of Mice and Men honorably serves John Steinbeck's classic story of two Depression-era drifters without bringing anything new to it.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's hard ... to believe Malkovich's shamble and gape, a simian variant on Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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Of Mice and Men is a mournful, distantly heard lament for the loss of American innocence.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Happily, director/star/co-producer Gary Sinise has approached it not with the awe of an English professor, but with the practical eye of a craftsman: Here are solid characters, a taut and emotional story, a beginning, a middle and a wrenching end.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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I would not have thought I could believe the line about the rabbits one more time, but this movie made me do it, as Lennie asks about the farm they'll own one day, and George says, yes, it will be just as they've imagined it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The great pleasure of this movie is in what performers Sinise and John Malkovich, Ray Walton and others do with it; what director Sinise does with it; and, perhaps most important, what screenwriter Horton Foote does with it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Elegant adaptation of Steinbeck's classic novel.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Superb Steinbeck adaptation that gets at the meat of the tale.

April 28, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Fine, studied treatment by Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.

April 20, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Nothing like a couple of acting gods attacking one of the classics.

February 8, 2003
Needcoffee.com

Outstanding adaptation of the Steinbeck novel

October 25, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

Sinise has captured the magic and wonder of the first film.

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

A touching tale of dreams and relationships

January 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Although set in the Depression, it has relevance to all those today whose dreams of a better life have been shattered by unemployment, low wages, and fears of a worse future.

November 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This Of Mice and Men makes for an unassuming but well-made movie which, unlike so many adaptations of literary works, does not go awry.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Sinise the director manages to keep the various elements under control as if he already has a dozen films under his belt. In fact, this is only his second.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Of Mice and Men

A decent adaptation that flunks due to a miscast John Malkovich in an over-the-top, cartoonish performance. He just looks too smart and cynical for the role, and makes Lennie seem very irritating and seriously retarded, much more than in the original story.
November 19, 2013
blacksheepboy

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Good adaptation but I definitely prefer the book.
May 30, 2012
Raajay

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A captivating film about the value of friendship during even the harshest of times. Inspired performances from both Gary Sinise and John Malkovich aid in making this adaptation an instant-classic.
March 21, 2011
Kristijonas Fussman

Super Reviewer

Gary Sinise and John Malkovich are perfect, but the obsessiveness and strange use of pauses irks me.
August 9, 2010
FrizzDrop

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    1. Lennie: Tell me about the rabbits...
    – Submitted by Jan A (20 months ago)
    1. George: Get him Lennie!
    – Submitted by Curtis D (2 years ago)
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