Color Me Kubrick Reviews

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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
August 28, 2008
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 9, 2007
Malkovich captures not only the nuttiness of Conway, with his smorgasbord of foreign-sounding accents, but also his pathos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 1, 2007
Not only is there nothing there, the nothingness is a complete bore. When a film's highpoint is a soundtrack that relies heavily on other soundtracks, you've got problems.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 1, 2007
The irony of Color Me Kubrick is that the visual tricks merely serve as a backdrop for Malkovich's inspired high-wire performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 31, 2007
It literally only has one idea in its head, and when that idea runs dry, it's as lost as Conway is without his plethora of Kubrick masks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
March 31, 2007
It's an impressive moving wax museum, certainly, but even metatextual follies eventually need a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2007
At best a kitschy Catch Me If You Can and at worst a tedious comedy.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 31, 2007
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 31, 2007
Director Brian W. Cook should know that hopes are seldom high for movies that debut on DVD the same day they hit the multiplex.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 23, 2007
Malkovich's performance, and the irresistible concept of an anonymous man dining out on a false identity, carries the film along giddily, and Cook wisely keeps Color Me Kubrick short and deliciously tart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2007
Colour Me Kubrick is a somewhat fictionalized accounting of this amazing but true story. The filmmakers have wisely turned it into a comedy, and a wickedly entertaining one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 23, 2007
Director and co-writer Brian Cook was Kubrick's assistant director on The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut and he fills the film with subtle touches and sly in-jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2007
Great fun for the first 20 minutes but seems long at 86.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
March 23, 2007
One problem is that Malkovich gets free rein to be Malkovich, the often showy actor, rather than Conway, a humble London travel agent. It's a grandstanding performance that's more about hamminess than substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 23, 2007
Colour Me Kubrick earns a place on the shelf where all the oddballs reside, defying us to come up with reasons to justify their idiosyncratic existences -- and perhaps not caring whether we do.
| Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 23, 2007
The movie never convinces us there's anyone there to expose, though, and Malkovich flits from scene to scene without ever anchoring Conway in a lasting reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 23, 2007
Once the movie gets started, it doesn't know where to go or how to end. It more or less repeats itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Gonzalez
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2007
Scarcely an insightful biographical portrait, Color Me Kubrick is still interesting, perhaps even intimidating, as a study of the way fandom can so readily be turned against itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 22, 2007
Without much insight into the self-dramatizing enigma of Conway, nor any representation of the solitary auteur he impersonated, the film becomes a repetitive series of small-scale con games played on cabdrivers, bar owners and wannabe stars.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2007
Writer Anthony Frewin and director Brian Cook uses Conway's unlikely saga to mount an appreciative send-up of a certain style of gay extravagance, with John Malkovich having a field day as Conway.
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Hap Erstein
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2007
A ludicrous, but entertaining look at a real-life Kubrick impersonator, played with over-the-top glee by Malkovich.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
March 22, 2007
You can almost see the invective splattering all over the storyline. And Malkovich's camping and vamping, however perversely entertaining it is to behold, can neutralize the venom only so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 22, 2007
A mean-spirited, trashy and intermittently funny film.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 22, 2007
John Malkovich has one of the roles of his life, and he acts it up like a haughty gourmet who's just picked up a succulent treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 22, 2007
Color Me Kubrick is like a nice, deep, clear cocktail of ammonia on the rocks: bracing, comic, astonishing, all of which hide its poison center.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2007
The film reveals, rather delectably, how potent the power of suggestion can be in a world gone madly groupie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
March 20, 2007
A shapeless, low-grade comedy of flamboyance, giggling at Conway's histrionics and fishnet gloving.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 20, 2007
The movie is endless even at less than 90 minutes.