The Cable Guy Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2009
It's a fairly interesting effort -- much more ambitious than most Carrey vehicles.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 27, 2009
Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot.
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
While some of its antic set pieces are genuinely funny, this fuzzy-focus outing is hopelessly disconnected and ultimately unsatisfying.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Stiller's film ranks as an honourable failure.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A misguided attempt to extend [Carrey's] range by having him play someone who is demented and dangerous.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
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.
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Entertainment Weekly
June 14, 1996
Full Review | Original Score: B-