Being John Malkovich Reviews

Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
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May 12, 2012

Full Review | Original Score: A
David Rooney
Variety
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June 17, 2008

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

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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.


Time Out
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January 26, 2006

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

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005

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

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002

It's clever, witty, dark and, most importantly, unwaveringly bizarre.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
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June 18, 2002

It's tremendously entertaining, and probably worthy of repeat viewings.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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January 1, 2000

The most excitingly original movie of the year.

Full Review | Original Score: A
Mike Clark
USA Today
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January 1, 2000

Overlong.

John Anderson
Newsday
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January 1, 2000

Cusack and Diaz are adorable schlumps.

Roger Ebert
At the Movies
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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
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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January 1, 2000

A hellacious ride.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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January 1, 2000

I don't know how a movie this original got made today, but thank God for wonderful aberrations.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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January 1, 2000

Full of creativity.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Horton
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

A hilariously novel conception.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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
Elizabeth Weitzman
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Different from anything that came before it.

Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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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.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 1, 2000

Dazzlingly singular movies aren't often this much fun.

Gemma Files
Film.com
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January 1, 2000

Surreal to the point of poeticism.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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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.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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January 1, 2000

Highly original script.

Michael Atkinson
Mr. Showbiz
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January 1, 2000

A supremely, almost effortlessly inventive and hilarious experience.

James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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