Being John Malkovich Reviews

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
May 12, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Rooney
Variety
June 17, 2008
Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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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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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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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
It is hard to mix moods -- the film is manic, subtle, comic and vaguely sad -- but [Jonze] does it masterfully.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It's clever, witty, dark and, most importantly, unwaveringly bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's tremendously entertaining, and probably worthy of repeat viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Wonderfully inventive, wickedly funny, and thoughtful enough to keep your mind on full alert, it's a square peg in the round world of genre films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
The most excitingly original movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Overlong.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
Cusack and Diaz are adorable schlumps.
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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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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Mr. Jonze's film, with a terrific original screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, is not the first to explore the prospect of being able to sneak into the mind of another person. But Mr. Jonze's version is definitely the most fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
A hellacious ride.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
I don't know how a movie this original got made today, but thank God for wonderful aberrations.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Full of creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Robert Horton
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A hilariously novel conception.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Being John Malkovich, which contains not a frame of extraneous footage, is more than a must-see movie: It's a must - see - more - than - once event.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 1, 2000
It may not be clear just what that means, but like the rest of the Malkovich experience it's a lot of fun going down.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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January 1, 2000
Different from anything that came before it.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
Being John Malkovich is more than just the latest cool, smart, funny movie. It jumps off the screen with the kind of freshness, originality, and light-handed stranglehold on the Zeitgeist that moves movies forward.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Dazzlingly singular movies aren't often this much fun.
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Gemma Files
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Surreal to the point of poeticism.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
Weird to the max, smart, sneaky as a Wall Street pickpocket and revved up with cruel wit and brazen imagination, Being John Malkovich is a dark movie comedy that you couldn't forget if you tried.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Highly original script.
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Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
A supremely, almost effortlessly inventive and hilarious experience.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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