Man on the Moon (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Man on the Moon (1999)



Critic Consensus: Jim Carrey is eerily dead-on in his portrayal of Andy Kaufman, which helps to elevate Man on the Moon above the script's formulaic biopic cliches.

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Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey, as the late Andy Kaufman who was considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time. A master at provoking audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Danny DeVito also stars in Man on the Moon as Kaufman's manager, George Shapiro, with Courtney Love co-starring as Lynne Margulies, the woman who befriends and eventually falls in love with the comic. Paul Giamatti portrays Kaufman's best friend an d writer, Bob Zmuda. Well-known Vegas lounge singer Tony Clifton stars as himself.more
Rating: R (for language and brief sexuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 30, 2000
Universal - Official Site


Jim Carrey
as Andy Kaufman/Tony Cl...
Danny DeVito
as George Shapiro
Courtney Love
as Lynn Margulies
Paul Giamatti
as Bob Zmuda
Vincent Schiavelli
as Maynard Smith
Peter Bonerz
as Ed. Weinberger
Leslie Lyles
as Janice Kaufman
Gerry Becker
as Stanley Kaufman
Greyson Erik Pendry
as Young Michael Kaufma...
Bobby Boriello
as Young Andy
Judd Hirsch
as himself
George Shapiro
as Club Owner
Melanie Vesey
as Carol Kaufman
Michael Kelly
as Michael Kaufman
Carol Kane
as herself
Bob Zmuda
as Jack Burns
Jeff Conaway
as himself
Norm Macdonald
as Michael Richards
Thomas Armbruster
as Improv Piano Player
Pamela Abdy
as Diane Barnett
Wendy Polland
as Little Wendy
Fred Scialla
as Stand-In (Danny DeVi...
Isadore Rosenfeld
as ABC Executive
Gerry Robert Byrne
as Taxi AD/Stage Manage...
Jerry Lawler
as himself
Jack Burns
as Bob Zmuda
Brittany Colonna
as Baby Carol Kaufman
Matt Price
as Meditation Student
Christina Cabot
as Meditation Student
Miles Chapin
as SNL Assistant
Molly Schaffer
as Maynard Smith's Assi...
Howard West
as ABC Executive
Greg Travis
as ABC Executive
Maureen Mueller
as ABC Executive
Philip Perlman
as Mama Rivoli's Angry ...
Jessica Devlin
as Mama Rivoli's Diner
Jeff Thomas
as Andy's Stand-In
Howard Keystone
as Taxi Marching Man
Howdy Doody
as Himself
Brent Briscoe
as Heavyset Technician
Ray Bokhour
as Blue Collar Guy
Patton Oswalt
as Blue Collar Guy
Caroline Gibson
as Sorority Girl
Conrad Roberts
as College Promoter
Jeff Zabel
as College Student
Mark Davenport
as LA Times Reporter
Bert F. Balsam
as Taxi Security Guard
Lonnie Hamilton
as Taxi Security Guard
Ron Sanchez
as Taxi Security Guard
Billy Lucas
as Taxi Security Guard
Patricia Scanlon
as Ed Weinberger's Secr...
Max Alexander
as Harrah's Booker
Ed Mitchell
as Harrah's Conductor
Michael Villani
as Merv Griffin
Maria Elena Maglaris
as Irate Merv Spectator
Heath Hyche
as Merv's Guest Coordin...
Robert Holeman
as Boxing Trainer
James Ross
as Wrestling Commentato...
Tamara Bossett
as Foxy Jackson
Gene Lebell
as Foxy Jackson Referee
Brian Peck
as Friday's Announcer
Caroline Rhea
as Friday's Melanie
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Friday's Mary
Phil Lenkowsky
as Friday's Tech Direct...
Rob Steiner
as Friday's Control Boo...
Claudia Jaffee
as Friday's Floor Direc...
Mando Guerrero
as Jerry Lawler Referee
Lance Russell
as Ring Announcer
Ladi von Jansky
as Stadium Photographer
K.P. Palmer
as Memphis Paramedic
Mark Majetti
as Memphis Paramedic
Deana Ann Aburto
as Memphis Paramedic
Mews Small
as TM Administrator
David Elliott
as TM Administrator
Fredd Wayne
as Bland Doctor
Tracey Walter
as National Enquirer Ed...
David Koechner
as National Enqurier Re...
Jeanine Jackson
as National Enquirer Re...
Johnny Legend
as Wild-Haired Guru
Doris Eaton Travis
as Eleanor Gould
Greg Sutton
as Carnegie Hall Conduc...
Sydney Lassick
as Crystal Healer
Yoshi Jenkins
as Jun Roxas
Lance Alarcon
as Comedy Store Patron
Darryl "DJ" Johnson
as Comedy Store Waiter
Melissa Carrey
as Comedy Store Waitres...
Danielle Burgio
as New York City Rocket...
Karen Martin
as New York City Rocket...
Linda Cevallos
as New York City Rocket...
Tabatha Mays
as New York City Rocket...
Betsy Chang
as New York City Rocket...
Katie Miller
as New York City Rocket...
Jennifer Chavarria
as New York City Rocket...
Jessica Moore
as New York City Rocket...
Shirry Dolgin
as New York City Rocket...
Tara Nicole
as New York City Rocket...
Lisa Eaton
as New York City Rocket...
Mia Pitts
as New York City Rocket...
Melanie A. Gage
as New York City Rocket...
Kelly Sheerin
as New York City Rocket...
Catherine Hader
as New York City Rocket...
Alison Simpson
as New York City Rocket...
Betsy Harris
as New York City Rocket...
Melinda Songer
as New York City Rocket...
Kelly Jones
as New York City Rocket...
Michon Suyama
as New York City Rocket...
Tricia Lilly
as New York City Rocket...
Michelle Swanson
as New York City Rocket...
Natalie Webb
as New York City Rocket...
Jacqueline Case
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Natalie Mills
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Karen Blake Challman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
April Nixon
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Teresa Chapman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Tiffany Olson
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kelly Cooper
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kathryn Rossberg
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Penny Fisher
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Karissa Seaman
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Eva Jenickova
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Lea Sullivan
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Lindsay Lopez
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Amy Tinkham
as Tony Clifton Dancer
Kristin K. Willits
as Tony Clifton Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Man on the Moon

All Critics (123) | Top Critics (31)

We're constantly kept guessing as to what's real or false. Intriguing.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

As drama, it's a near miss. Yet as an introduction -- or a reminder -- of a singular talent, it has its appeal.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Superficially clever yet profoundly shallow.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The main problem with this film though is the running time -- it's too short.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

A teeming, fast-paced spin through a particularly strange show-biz life.

Full Review… | September 27, 2007

Ends up asking more questions than it answers.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Audience Reviews for Man on the Moon

Jim Carrey's uncanny impersonation of Andy Kaufman is both the film's grand triumph but also its potential downfall. There's nothing outside of his performance that gives "Man on the Moon" any substance.

Milos Forman orchestrates the film like a hurried timeline of vignettes. It doesn't take you anywhere special. There's not a good sense of what made Kaufman tick. But there's enough in "Man on the Moon" to keep you watching as Kaufman was a fascinatingly unique individual and Carrey brings him to life.

It's just that the life he's portraying doesn't reveal anything behind the genius.

The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer


Always is great see something about Andy Kaufman.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


An intriguing look at the innovative, strange comic Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) and his trailblazing style that was greeted with a fair dose of confusion initially, before he became a huge hit given his original, if incredibly strange material. Carrey has never been better than he is here, with a brilliant, incredibly well realized performance that screams "Oscar!". This is one of those films that gets elevated by a special, truly unique performance. The movie does tend to flounder here and there, but right when it looks like it might turn into something utterly dull, Carrey rescues it. The direction is a little choppy and unfocused, but this movie deserves a look simply due to a remarkable turn from one of the best comedic actors out there (when he wants to be, at least).

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Man on the Moon Quotes

Andy Kaufman: Here I come to save the day.
– Submitted by Matthew B (2 years ago)
Lynne Margulies: So you just pretend to be an asshole.
Andy Kaufman: It's what I'm good at.
– Submitted by Juan C (5 years ago)

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