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Benny & Joon Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Benny & Joon tries to get by on quirkiness alone, and, while something this offbeat frequently carries a unique kind of appeal, it needs stronger characters than Sam and Joon.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Where the story does not work for me is on the contrivance and in the view of mental illness.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

Johnny Depp is superb, but the rest of the movie doesn't hold water.

| Original Score: 2/5

March 2, 2003
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Riddled with insufferably contrived zaniness ... it deals as deeply with mental illness as The Sound of Music explored the genocidal advance of the Third Reich.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The cast is defeated by a cloying Barry Berman script that Jeremiah Chechik directs with the same flair for the obvious he brought to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

May 12, 2001
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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[Chechik] has crafted Benny & Joon not as a seamless whole but as a tumble of scenes. Unfortunately, too many of them are inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd or Buster Keaton, and they seem to spill from the screen like Bozos from a kiddie car.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

| Original Score: 1/5

February 18, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie suggests that love and magic can overcome madness, and for at least the length of the film I was prepared to accept that. Much of the credit for that goes to Depp...

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Stellar performances highlight a tale of goofball affection.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy

| Original Score: 3/5

August 17, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2005
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Depp's portrayal of a Buster Keaton-ish type character is mesmerizing.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2002
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2004
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Any film that features Johnny Depp performing salutes to the great silent comedians (and, in particular, Buster Keaton) deserves a little slack... [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 18, 2011
Leonard Klady
Movie City News

3.5

| Original Score: 3/5

July 18, 2003
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

| Original Score: 3/5

January 20, 2006
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical.

| Original Score: 4/5

October 23, 2003
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