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Being John Malkovich Reviews

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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+
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002
Loses momentum tacking on countless plot twists that, while unpredictable, are tiresome and obnoxious.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Gender and relationships shift and merge and re-form like blobs of goo in a lava lamp… a profoundly anti-human fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
February 14, 2001
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Descends disappointingly from hilarious whimsy into bleak, repellant, Outer Limits - tinged dysfunction.
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
March 12, 2001
We get self-absorbed characters seeking personal happiness, no matter how it may affect others, especially Malkovich.
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Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
Either Being John Malkovich gets nominated for best picture, or the members of the Academy need portals into their brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Unlike most comedies, which go for laughs without worrying about depth, Being John Malkovich has both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Being John Malkovich is one head-trip of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Disturbingly smart and joyously weird. A true original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 9/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Will benefit greatly from repeat viewings and fervent post-viewing deconstruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Cole Smithey
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+
Ray Pride
January 1, 2000

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Chances are you'll never see another movie like Being John Malkovich, so make sure you don't miss out.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This must be seen to be believed, a hundred carat cult item -- and all credit to Malkovich for playing along.
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