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Don Jon (2013)

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81

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 145 | Rotten: 34

Don Jon proves to be an amiable directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a vivacious showcase for his co-star, Scarlett Johansson.

80

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 9

Don Jon proves to be an amiable directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a vivacious showcase for his co-star, Scarlett Johansson.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to "pull" a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn't compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she's determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling

R,

Drama, Comedy

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Dec 31, 2013

$24.5M

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (145) | Rotten (34)

As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns the gym-tan-laundry routine into an art form with Don Jon, his vibrant and viciously profane directorial debut.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: ChristyLemire.com
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Offbeat, frank and often surprising gem.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
Richard Roeper.com
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The movie becomes increasingly soft-edged and sappy.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer-director-actor resembles a porn addict's Groundhog Day, and not in a good way.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register
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At least 80% of it is snappy, droll fluff, while the other 20% is what you get when you persuade Julianne Moore to be in your movie: in a word, better.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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It's in movies like the ribald but surprisingly endearing sex comedy Don Jon that Gordon-Levitt has connected best with audiences.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Don Jon is no kind of resonating masterpiece, but it's intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and dedicated to the cause of finding a personality and sticking with him through the excess of his addictions.

April 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Like Jon, the film could do with a stronger climax, but on the whole this is a very impressive debut from a very talented young man.

March 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Thankfully, the women of the film are what save the movie, bringing something fresh to the table-for Jon, a chance at lasting love, and for us, some seasoned comic chops.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Wondering what exactly is revealed as a cure to Don Jon's addiction? Why, good sex, of course! Thanks, geniuses!

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Gordon-Levitt is on top form, as is Johansson as the type of girl who only takes her gum out to eat.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

Gordon-Levitt's confidence is appealing, even if the film itself mistakes redundancy for profundity.

February 4, 2014 Full Review Source: SF Weekly
SF Weekly

The messages of the film are stark and genuine, much more so than one might expect having seen the promotional material.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A thoughtful, original and provocative feature-length directorial debut from Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

It gets harder and harder to support this passion for porn.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

A film that should be compulsory viewing for all preteens, sexual content be damned, as it may just save them a lifetime of disappointment.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

The entire movie seems to recalibrate and rebalance itself around [Moore], shifting convincingly into something more than a surface-heavy evocation of sterile on-screen onanism.

November 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Alas, I didn't buy a word of it.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The end is satisfaction enough to justify the initially explicit means.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

There's little here to care for or about: what promises to be a friskier version of Shame winds up closer to a Very Special Episode of Jersey Shore.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

This certainly won't find a mainstream audience but it is fresh, well executed and entertaining.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Despite a contrived and sentimental ending, this is an entertaining riff on men and fantasy.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's refreshing to see a movie so visually undemonstrative.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

Starts mischievous and moves into maudlin.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

With this writing-directing debut, Joseph Gordon-Levitt delivers a remarkably assured comedy-drama while also giving himself a role that's far against his usual type.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Audience Reviews for Don Jon

A repetitive, tiring story about a narcissistic young man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), his addiction to porn, and how this lifestyle threatens to ruin his life and new relationship with a beautiful woman (Scarlett Johannson). While JGL definitely shows some skill in directing, sometimes appearing to take some tricks from Edgar Wright and how he does his films, this movie is full of unlikeable characters and scenes of melodramatic acting that do not ring true. Gordon-Levitt is fantastic in the role, but his character is someone who we ultimately do not care win or loses this "battle" based on how self-centered he, and the movie in general, are in life. Throw in a ridiculous subplot involving a much older woman (Julianne Moore) who is interested in him, and this movie is one step away from a total disaster. As said, there are some things interesting about it, but as a whole, it is not a movie with characters you can care or pull for.
February 7, 2014
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

A daring move for first time director Gordon-Levitt. The rythm of salacious views on life, sex, women and marriage decrease with each passing minute, and so does the humor ; it runs out of steam before time is due.
February 6, 2014
pier007

Super Reviewer

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directing debut is an often hilarious comedy with more edge than typical mainstream fare and has solid performances across the board from himself, Scarlet Johansson, and Julianne Moore. Don Jon is 90 minutes of enjoyable film, but doesn't really do anything to transcend the genre and ends up softer around the edges than it should be by the end. For a movie about porn and lots of sex, the script really lets up at the end after building up some momentum that this might be one of those romantic comedies that tells the truth and doesn't candy coat things. I still think in that regard it is better than most, even if the last act is a little bit of a letdown. This is still a solid and worthwhile investment and a great alternative for guys to trick females into watching as a romantic comedy that isn't completely puke inducing.
January 15, 2014
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Daring, controversial, and downright raunchy at times, "Don Jon" is a riot to watch not only in a comedic way, but the way you can truly learn to turn your life around is displayed perfectly in a very short 90-minute film. Joseph Gordon Levitt definitely brought his A-Game to direct, and he is showing no signs of slowing down. I do feel that he has a knack for Directing now, but stay behind the camera if you want to do that, because at times it does feel like he is a little full of himself. The nods at Hollywood humour, the symbolism, and the nice story that this film displays is very bittersweet and funny, and although the end takes a turn which many people will be turned off by, I felt myself following the characters emotions and actually started to tear up. Watching Jon's transformation out of being a porn addict was pretty fascinating, due to the awesome editing techniques and fast-paced storytelling. "Don Jon" is among my favourites of 2013, and I had tons of fun watching it!
January 5, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Jon Martello Sr.: Fuck you? Did you just say fuck me to me?
    – Submitted by Gary W (19 days ago)
    1. Barbara Sugarman: Movies and porn are different, Jon. They give awards for movies.
    2. Jon "Don Jon" Martello Jr.: They give awards for porn too.
    – Submitted by Marcellus E (7 months ago)
    1. Jon "Don Jon" Martello Jr.: Who'd you take home, huh?
    2. Danny: Twos and threes baby. I'm telling you, twos and threes are some open-minded ladies.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (7 months ago)
    1. Danny: I don't like more than a handful of titty.
    2. Danny: Shit starts to remind me of my mom or something
    3. Bobby: Your do got some big-ass titties.
    4. Danny: Don't talk about my mother.
    5. Bobby: You brought up your mother.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (7 months ago)
    1. Jon "Don Jon" Martello Jr.: This sound...gets me hard as a fucking rock.
    – Submitted by ScubaSteve Walter M (7 months ago)
    1. Jon Martello: There's only a few things I really care about in life. My body. My pad. My ride. My family. My church. My boys. My girls. My porn.
    – Submitted by Anthony D (10 months ago)
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