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Mister Lonely (2007)



Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 38

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


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 16

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



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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,

Nov 18, 2008


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

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion.

May 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Curdles into fanciful obscurantism

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

It's movies like this that the art house was made for.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A bore.

August 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film, more ant farm than movie, seems like a lazy effort from a talent who has lost his edge.

June 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

This film may be Korine's most accessible as a director, featuring characters, images, and situations that are stirring and unforgettable -- even if they don't add up to a complete narrative or visual whole.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Fails to achieve any kind of cumulative meaning outside of Korine's private amusement.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

The film has a delicate and deliberate pace. While all the characters could be assigned symbolic motivations, most just seem like annoying and self-indulgent jokes within director Harmony Korine's eccentric point of view.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source:

Mister Lonely falls into the 'art house' category of film, and you can multiply that by 100.

May 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Korine may have an original voice and eye but can't really think of anything interesting to do with them.

May 27, 2008 Full Review Source: The Deadbolt
The Deadbolt

The film is a paean to the imagination, but what keeps Mister Lonely from being just a self-indulgent flight of fancy is that Harmony Korine shows that even in Neverland, the suffering is real.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Harmony Korine's films thrive on uncertain ground. Exiting the theater, you're never more aware that ten people can sit next to each other but see ten different films.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
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April 26, 2013
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Michael Jackson (played by the fantastic Diego Luna) meets Marilyn Monroe (played by the beautiful - and one of the greatest actresses of our time - Samantha Morton) while working in a Parisian nursing home, Marilyn Monroe convinces Michael Jackson to come with her to a celebrity commune on an Island off the Scottish mainland. There, they live with the Pope (played by James Fox) who is sleeping with the Queen, Abe Lincoln, the Three Stooges, Buckwheat, Shirley Temple, Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charlie Chaplin (with Hitler-like characteristics) played Denis Lavant. They then put on the greatest show of all time. Meanwhile, Werner Herzog plays a priest who convinces a bunch of Nuns to jump out of an Airplane. It's as bizarre and wonderful as it sounds. Harmony Korine is ace and so is this film. Seriously, it's about the importance of individuality and finding yourself and films don't come more individual than this.
April 11, 2013

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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.
October 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

Uh, it was all right. I didn't exactly understand it, and it's too super indie for me, without being cutesy.
April 7, 2009

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