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Color Me Kubrick Reviews

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September 29, 2015
Great performance by Malkovich but little else.
February 22, 2014
This movie has a few funny moments, and Malkovich tries all that he can to add depth to his character. Unfortunately, the bad writing and messy direction make this movie no more than a watchable mediocrity.
January 26, 2014
An interesting story and an okay film.
½ November 10, 2013
So-so movie. Mostly quite dull. Details Alan Conway's impersonations of Stanley Kubrick in 1998, but every impersonation/con doesn't add anything to the previous one. It's pretty much same ole-same ole, and quite quickly. The only redeeming features are the final few scenes - quite poignant and often hilariously funny. If it wasn't for those scenes this would be a 3/10.

Decent performance by John Malkovich in the lead role, though he didn't have to try too hard - seemed like every performance he has ever made.

And no, this isn't strictly for Stanley Kubrick fans. I am a fan and was disappointed. The movie is about a Stanley Kubrick impersonator, not the man himself, so really has nothing to do with Stanley Kubrick himself.
½ September 15, 2013
Although It's Not a Very Good Picture, But It's Really Touching In Some Moments,
Bryan Adams's Song Had Given That Film So Much .
May 27, 2013
I can understand the appeal for Malkovich to play this part, being a queer con man pretending to be Kubrick & working his way through any situations but for an audience is it really interesting to watch?
The character is very un-appealing, not nice at all & doesn't have an ounce of sympathy. The direction is very poor & the costumes, colors, & sets pretty cheap. It looked like a casual tv movie with a good lead actor period. In the hands of some much more talented director this story could have been a tremendous circus of a story , Malkovich should definitely be a little more careful with his choices of films.... but i guess he's at a stage where he doesn't care about anything anymore...
½ May 30, 2013
It's nothing short of painful to see such a brilliant premise be made into such a bad film.
March 12, 2013
If you can't watch John Malkovich being John Malkovich, it's still a kick watching him play Alan Conway, a gay Brit who pretended to be the legendary and reclusive director Stanley Kubrick during the 1990s.Color Me Kubrick digs all sorts of devilish ironies out of this "true...ish story," and it's a fine dark farce before turning sad and, worse, monotonous. The con wears off before the movie does, but while it's in the air, "Kubrick" spins with bogus cheer. Great fun for the first 20 minutes - which include Kubrickian tracking shots and music from "2001" and "A Clockwork Orange" - but seems long at 86. The film makes funny use of music (particularly Lionel Richie's "Hello") and excellent use of Malkovich, but 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. Best appreciated as a rather amusing farce called The John Malkovich Show, the movie's every scene is anchored, then stolen, by the commanding thespian's Alan act.

VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)
January 2, 2013
Somewhat repetitive story but if you are a Malkovich fan you might like this.
December 7, 2012
Looks an interesting study and biopic.
½ June 11, 2012
Far too shallow. This film has a great premise, but fails to delve deep enough into the psyche of this man who went around impersonating Kubrick.
Super Reviewer
February 9, 2010
A True...ish Story.

It's pretty terrible. Kubric been one of the most crazy weird directors of all-time could possibly be insulted rocking on his grave because of this crap of a so called movie. If your fan of John Malkovich see it but just as fan because the plot is just ridiculous.

In London in the 1990s, a balding alcoholic with an unsteady American accent introduces himself in pubs and other social settings as Stanley Kubrick. Drinks and meals are suddenly on the house or paid for by an admiring person, usually a man, whose costumes, band, acting abilities or what have you, Stanley finds fascinating. He's actually Alan Conway (1934-1998): we watch him parlay a self-confident manner and a small amount of movie knowledge into a persona whom others immediately hang their dreams on. In exchange, Stanley asks only that they pay the bill. Will he be exposed? Do prosecution and prison await? Or has the National Health something else in mind?
½ March 3, 2012
While obviously the work of a novice director with more enthusiasm than skill, Color Me Kubrick luckily coasts on the has-to-be-seen-to-be-believed central performance by John Malkovich as hilariously flaming and outrageously attired conman Patrick Conway, and the witty script by real-life Kubrick associate Anthony Frewin. Ample laughs and in-jokes for Kubrick aficionados, though casual fans may not care enough to brave the sometimes flat waters of this unabashed guilty pleasure.
January 9, 2012
An arguably true story about a mad man (John Malkovich) impersonating director Stenley Kubrick to earn living. After picking a talentless artist or a musician his next victim, he butters him until he becomes completely out of touch, and uses the credit of trust to completely destroy his victim's life and feast on what's left of it. The fooled and, often, sodomised victims aren't particularly eager to confide their shame with the police, and impersonation continues until Malkovich is put into a lunatic asylum. Nice story (though not as rich as in, for instance, the more recent Catch Me if You Can) played by John Malkovich disgustingly enough to win trust of the public.
½ January 1, 2012
a part la performance credible de malkovitch le film est moyen meme si c est amusant de voir la vie du faux kubrick
December 14, 2011
So much potential wasted in this awful folly.
Super Reviewer
½ June 14, 2011
What a remarkably grating film. Comes off like a vanity project for Malkovich, eager to indulge a wide variety of swishy accents (done badly on purpose for character accuracy?). The story is jokingly billed as being "true-ish," which makes me wonder just how many people were fooled by this con man and whether he really adopted personalities that were so wildly divergent from the demeanor one would expect from a man of Kubrick's obvious intellect. The director of "2001: A Space Odyssey" as a vapid, boozed-up queen? Seriously?

Trainspotters will enjoy the soundtrack (full of music repurposed from Kubrick films) and director Ken Russell's totally unexpected cameo as a far-gone asylum patient. Honor Blackman, Richard E. Grant, Robert Powell ("Mahler," "Tommy") and "Barry Lyndon"'s Marisa Berenson also turn up in wee roles.
September 19, 2011
Filme baseado na história de um triste burlão que se faz passar por Stanley Kubrick, em Inglaterra, por volta do tempo das rodagens de Eyes Wide Shut? (sem que isso importe para nada). Aqui estaria um filme com algum potencial cómico e satírico " isto se algu (C)m se tivesse lembrado de escrever qualquer coisa com a mínima piada ou carisma para aproveitar o mote. John Malkovich calça o papel de maluco com a convicção de um maluco, lá está, mas pouco ou nada consegue fazer para inverter o profundo aborrecimento que (C) acompanhar um filme brit com valores de produção e talento comparáveis aos de Spice World? (mas com homens de robes exóticos em vez de mulheres com vestidos justos). evidente que o Kubrick verdadeiro nem vê-lo (julgo que detestaria o filme) e muito menos os cameos de celebridades e inside people? que são tão importantes nestes filmes. Acredito que algumas pessoas devem ter fugido deste projecto como de uma doença má. A única salvação serão as músicas dos originais de Kubrick, mas isso podemos escutar num disco sem corrermos o risco de revirar os olhos a cada vez que um Malkovich desesperado tenta fazer faísca com uma piada p (C)ssima desde logo sabotada pelo tom de voz verdadeiramente insuportável.
½ August 22, 2011
Malkovich gives a brilliant performance as always, and the touches of Kubrick added to the film give it an air of brilliance. However there's not much beneath the surface causing the film to lack any sort of depth making it less gratifying than it could have and should have been.
½ August 22, 2011
Malkovich gives a brilliant performance as always, and the touches of Kubrick added to the film give it an air of brilliance. However there's not much beneath the surface causing the film to lack any sort of depth making it less gratifying than it could have and should have been.
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