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Man on the Moon (1999)

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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 … 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
Runtime:
Universal - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Man on the Moon

All Critics (122) | 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
eFilmCritic.com

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.

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The Gandiman
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

½

Always is great see something about Andy Kaufman.

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Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

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).

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Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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