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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
I'm glad Depp and Thompson were so close, and I'm sure Hunter would have been touched by the tribute. But that doesn't make it any fun for the rest of us to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
An entertaining but misfired take on the formative years of famed Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 30, 2012
Depp and writer-director Bruce Robinson ("Withnail & I") pack the script with pithy Hunter-isms, hurling many of Thompson's euphonious locutions at us right from the opening scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012
Intriguing performances help The Rum Diary successfully capture the spirit of the source material -- even if the result is a scattered piece of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 18, 2012
Perhaps this material works better as a novel, where Thompson would have been able to take his time developing each story as it occurred, but as a film, it just doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 30, 2012
Of obvious interest to Thompson acolytes and of no obvious interest to anyone else. As a fan of Thompson and Robinson, I enjoyed the film's laid-back shagginess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
A sprawling, superficial, sporadic story that fails to live up the expectations of it's inspiration, it's star and the previous cinematic incarnations of the man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 2, 2012
Feels like its been squeezed out of a tube rather than shot out of a canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
March 21, 2012
For the most part, it's just plodding along with the occasional dash of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 20, 2012
It's been so fabulously written, wonderfully acted; Depp is no stranger to representing the essence of Thompson and he's brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 20, 2012
It's sort of chaotic. It swings around all over the place but it's nicely done. It's nicely acted and Johnny Depp's terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
March 16, 2012
Johnny Depp gets lost in paradise and a film with no plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Alice Tynan
The Vine
March 14, 2012
After all the promise of a perfect cocktail, The Rum Diary quickly becomes like being the only sober person at a party where everyone else is absolutely trashed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 11, 2012
.. engaging and entertaining, at times deadly serious in its own way, with lots to say . . . a satisfying and often funny telling of a great true story
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 11, 2012
You can smell the debauchery in this rum-soaked Caribbean paradise where truth plays tug-of-war against complacency...It's a heady tale with seductive elements and Depp waltzes brilliantly into the tailor-made role
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
January 31, 2012
Because the pace and trajectory changes so noticeably, "The Rum Diary" almost feels like three different films. Some may like that; I didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
This very funny, keenly observant movie meanders in the best way possible.
Laurence Boyce
The Baltic Times
December 13, 2011
There are some good things including a great soundtrack and strong performances from the likes of Giovanni Ribisi and Michael Rispoli, but it is a disappointing and overlong affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 7, 2011
A literal-mindedness about Hunter S. Thompson's metaphors infuses the film: scary Puerto Rican natives threaten Paul and Salas during their wild nights, rich white men look overstuffed in their wicker chair.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 7, 2011
[D]isappointingly unengaging... [F]eels sadly quaint from our perspective today, half a century into the journo-zombie infopocalypse...
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