Mister Lonely (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mister Lonely (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Less biting or offensive than Korine's earlier works, this frustratingly dull film still maintains the director's trademark odd beauty.

Movie Info

When a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris falls for a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) during a performance at a retirement home, the lovestruck pair retreats to a seaside castle in the Scottish highlands populated by a commune of reclusive impersonators. Earning a living can be a difficult endeavor in the City of Lights, and in order to make ends meet, one man has turned to mimicking the King of Pop. One day, while doing the moonwalk in an old folks home, Michael meets a beautiful Marilyn Monroe look-alike. When Marilyn suggests that Michael join her in traveling to the Scottish Highlands and move into a castle populated entirely by celebrity doppelgangers, the would-be gloved one readily accepts her invitation. Shortly after arriving at the castle, Michael and Marilyn find the commune preparing for their first-ever gala -- a lavish affair featuring appearances by Abe Lincoln, the Three Stooges, Buckwheat, Shirley Temple, Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charlie Chaplin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Harmony Korine, Avi Korine
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2008
Runtime:
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Cast

Diego Luna
as Michael Jackson
Samantha Morton
as Marilyn Monroe
Denis Lavant
as Charlie Chaplin
James Fox
as The Pope
Joseph Morgan
as James Dean
Werner Herzog
as Father Umbrillo
Anita Pallenberg
as The Queen of England
Leos Carax
as Renard
Jason Pennycooke
as Sammy Davis Jr.
Richard Strange
as Abraham Lincoln
Esme Creed-Miles
as Shirley Temple
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Critic Reviews for Mister Lonely

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (26)

Korine has found an evocative subject, but he remains entirely too cavalier in this attitude towards narrative coherence.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The film doesn't work, and indeed seems to have no clear idea of what its job is, and yet (sigh) there is the temptation to forgive its trespasses simply because it is utterly, if pointlessly, original.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.

Full Review… | May 30, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion.

Full Review… | May 29, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Like Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth, the film has overarching problems yet contains diamonds of clarity and inspiration that you won't find in any dozen movies. You'll have to mine for those diamonds, though.

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mister Lonely

½

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Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

½

Very quirky, strange, and somber (almost dream-like), with sporadic moments of greatness. Harmony Korine's "Mr. Lonely" is a gem and unlike anything else out there.

Sure, it lacks any sort of cohesion or common logic, but every now and then a film can throw these staples of cinema out the window and still deliver a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. This film does just that, and that's no easy feat.

YLOWBSTARDreturns
Michael S

Super Reviewer

½

Uh, it was all right. I didn't exactly understand it, and it's too super indie for me, without being cutesy.

jennifxu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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