Being John Malkovich Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
February 7, 2014

There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips.

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 25, 2012

an essential existentialist text.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012

An incredibly rich and entertaining (not to say, laudably malevolent) film that far transcends its already way-out title premise ...

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 14, 2012

Playing by its own rules every step of the way, Being John Malkovich is clearly the sort of movie that needs to be made more often.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 3, 2012

[VIDEO ESSAY] Corollaries of desire break through dead-end walls only to be reinvented on the other side in a supernatural spectrum of practical existence. Go figure.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010

Kids won't get this sex-driven, head-trip comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Rooney
Variety
Top Critic
June 17, 2008

Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
February 8, 2008

This outrageous comic fantasy may not sustain its brilliance throughout its 112 minutes, but it keeps cooking for so much of that time that I don't have many complaints.

Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
July 26, 2007

The movie is so successful at being so far on the fringe, it often isolates.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007

Will benefit greatly from repeat viewings and fervent post-viewing deconstruction.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007

A film that seems to make all the right choices.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
April 27, 2007

By the time the tunnel worthy of the likes of Gulliver and Alice becomes a freeway clogged with bit players, a big chill has descended on all the characters.

Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 7, 2007

In just a few years, with a flurry of wildly imaginative films and three Oscar nominations, Kaufman has managed to join the likes of David Mamet, Stephen King, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde on the short list of screenwriting superstars.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005

A triumph. Featuring a bizarrely original storyline, the screenplay by Charlie Kaufman is brought to the screen by Jonze in what may turn out to be one of the funniest films of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
July 21, 2005

It is hard to mix moods -- the film is manic, subtle, comic and vaguely sad -- but [Jonze] does it masterfully.

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005

A surrealistic ride into a fantasy world that is unique and never before seen.

Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 2, 2005

...dense with ideas and non sequitur surprises, a viewer-friendly fun house of a film that asks only that we enjoy the ride. It is smart without seeming challenging...

Full Review | Original Score: A
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
December 31, 2004

Charlie Kaufman must be a monkey's uncle...

Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004

This is "Alice in Wonderland" for this decade; its heroes crawl down rabbit holes into a world of gender role and sexual identity conflicts.

| Original Score: A-
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004

No one will accuse music-video director Spike Jonze of making his feature-film debut with a boring, conventional movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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