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Being John Malkovich Reviews

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Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: C+

July 26, 2007
Mike Clark
USA Today
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January 1, 2000
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

Loses momentum tacking on countless plot twists that, while unpredictable, are tiresome and obnoxious.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 8, 2002
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Gender and relationships shift and merge and re-form like blobs of goo in a lava lamp… a profoundly anti-human fantasy.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: F

May 8, 2002
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review

It's not a horrible movie. It just gets so confusing that you should rent it, so you can rewind and figure out what is going on.

Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review | Original Score: 2/5

February 14, 2001
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine

Descends disappointingly from hilarious whimsy into bleak, repellant, Outer Limits - tinged dysfunction.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

January 1, 2000
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript

We get self-absorbed characters seeking personal happiness, no matter how it may affect others, especially Malkovich.

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March 12, 2001
Stephen Farber

The filmmakers are stoned on weirdness for its own sake, which is the danger of becoming too enthralled by the freewheeling ethos of the '60s.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

May 12, 2012
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A

January 2, 2005
Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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Either Being John Malkovich gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Academy need portals into their brains.

Full Review Source: At the Movies | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Unlike most comedies, which go for laughs without worrying about depth, Being John Malkovich has both.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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 Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2007
James Rocchi

Being John Malkovich is one head-trip of a comedy.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Disturbingly smart and joyously weird. A true original.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper

An audacious comedy that starts strange, keeps getting stranger, then hits an idea so weird that it takes the rest of the film to explore only some of the many ramifications.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

February 7, 2014
Cole Smithey

[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 Source: | Original Score: A+

April 3, 2012
Ray Pride
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine

Chances are you'll never see another movie like Being John Malkovich, so make sure you don't miss out.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine

January 1, 2000

Time Out
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This must be seen to be believed, a hundred carat cult item -- and all credit to Malkovich for playing along.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
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