• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Ben Stiller
    In Theaters:
    Jun 14, 1996 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 8, 2000
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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The Cable Guy Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2002
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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As it is, themovie goes in one direction and the cable guy goes in another, and by the end we aren't really looking forward to seeing Jim Carrey reappear on the screen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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Basically, it's not a whole lot of fun. There's no one to identify with -- Carrey's Cable Guy is a stalker, and Matthew Broderick's Steven is bland to the point of near-invisibility.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 1, 2000
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

If I'd known beforehand that Ben Stiller directed The Cable Guy, I might have been more excited by the prospect of seeing it. And I'd have been all the more disappointed in the end.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

January 1, 2000
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A $20 million paycheck for this?

| Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2003
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Ben Stiller can't distill the darkness, slapstick and fantasy into a consistent directorial tone, but the leads' expert give-and-take make the movie far from unbearable.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him.

May 12, 2001
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 27, 2009
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 2/5

August 22, 2003
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 1/5

January 19, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Sure comedy isn't pretty all the time, but in 'The Cable Guy,' comedy is actually ugly. (published 6-14-96)

Full Review | Original Score: D+

January 2, 2005
Leonard Klady
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While some of its antic set pieces are genuinely funny, this fuzzy-focus outing is hopelessly disconnected and ultimately unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

An experiement in comedy. Hit and miss, dark and disturbing, uncommercial, but aiming somewhere much deeper than Ace Ventura ever could.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It looks like everybody is coasting on this one, hoping Carrey will bring home the bacon.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 8, 2001
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Though this should have been an opportunity for Mr. Carrey to expand upon his runaway success and solidify long-term stardom, The Cable Guy instead offers the shocking sight of a volatile comic talent in free fall.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
Stephanie Zacharek
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Stiller doesn't know where he wants the movie to go, and Broderick has nothing to do but look incredulous as Carrey wreaks havoc on his personal life.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

January 1, 2000
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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| Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Holtz's screenplay, though, wants to be Rosemary's Baby meets The Odd Couple. Unfortunately, there's not a strong enough blend of the thrills and chuckles in it.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A misguided attempt to extend [Carrey's] range by having him play someone who is demented and dangerous.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 14, 2001
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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Much of it plays like a personal boob tube with Carrey trapped inside, determined to act his way out in a freak show of mugging. He's a disturbing mixture of psychopath and lonely soul. Here, as always, a little Carrey goes a long way.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

June 18, 2002
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