Don Jon Reviews

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Catherine Bray
Time Out
November 12, 2013
As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com
October 3, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns the gym-tan-laundry routine into an art form with Don Jon, his vibrant and viciously profane directorial debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 27, 2013
Offbeat, frank and often surprising gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 27, 2013
The movie becomes increasingly soft-edged and sappy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
September 27, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's debut as a writer-director-actor resembles a porn addict's Groundhog Day, and not in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
September 27, 2013
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.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
September 27, 2013
Gordon-Levitt's characters feel real and "Don Jon" is a convincing, authentic, funny, modern romance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 27, 2013
Really, "Don Jon" could have - should have - gone on another 20 minutes. Then again, when was the last time you felt that about a romantic comedy? Or any movie?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 27, 2013
The movie has a keen understanding of how easily we can hurt other people by not considering them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
September 27, 2013
Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
September 26, 2013
Gordon-Levitt enlivens Don Jon with such a sense of swagger, as a director, writer and actor, that the film feels fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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September 26, 2013
Gordon-Levitt keeps things riotous for the film's first hour, and if he eases into an ending that's a little Hollywood-standard, after having so much fun tweaking form and content, I'm guessing audiences will cut him some slack.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 26, 2013
[A] deceptively sincere movie about masculinity and its discontents that Mr. Gordon-Levitt, making a fine feature directing debut, shapes into a story about a young man's moral education.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 26, 2013
By the time Jon learns that "you have to lose yourself in another person" (a nice turn of phrase), it's too late for us to lose ourselves in the movie. "Don Jon" is already gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 26, 2013
Writer/director/star Joseph Gordon-Levitt takes an intriguing subject - human attraction - and nimbly probes it with wit, insight and a disarming forthrightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 26, 2013
R-rating aside, it should be required viewing for every 15-year-old boy on the planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 26, 2013
Rarely has a film offered such raw and honest talk -- with visuals, too -- about male sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
September 26, 2013
The film manages to be extremely efficient, conveying its points, making the audience laugh, getting viewers invested and even breaking our hearts in just 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2013
An overheated disquisition on the pleasures and limitations of masturbation.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 26, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing/directing/starring debut is like its diamond-in-the-rough title character. It shows a lot of unrealized potential, with enough charm to ease you past its shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2013
"Don Jon" deserves praise for wearing its message lightly and yet for daring to present such a lecture in today's Internet-drenched environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 26, 2013
Writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so savvy about the workings of our small minds that he knows just how to reel us in (sex) before schooling us on the important things in life (love).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 26, 2013
[Gordon-Levitt's] skills as an actor, and those of co-stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, keep us watching, even as public-place modesty makes us want to look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 26, 2013
One of the most adventurous actors of his generation, Gordon-Levitt has a good sense of just how graphically he can depict Jon's addiction and maintain the sympathy of both men and women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 26, 2013
Not exactly an original idea. But Gordon-Levitt goes at it with gusto, and style. Give the guy some props.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
Versatile actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns to writing and directing with this smart, sexy, sweet, and hilarious comedy about the difficulties of forging and sustaining relationships.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 26, 2013
A sharp turn on the romantic comedy, a movie about flawed people doing flawed things, often in funny fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 26, 2013
It's a dark comedy about matters of the heart, and how far some people go to take their minds off such matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 26, 2013
Gordon-Levitt demonstrates he is a filmmaker with promise who blends a good ear for dialogue with fine pacing and an eye for making a good-looking picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 26, 2013
Don Jon [is] a bruisingly funny, bracingly smart comic dare that marks a stellar feature directing and writing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Jon with humor, heat and sneaky heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 26, 2013
On page and screen, Gordon-Levitt mostly fails to transform his bulky title protagonist into a multi-dimensional figure. He belongs in the final 15 minutes of an SNL episode, not at the center of a full-sized comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 25, 2013
Don Jon is visually interesting without being overbearing. The script finds a witty way to confront serious issues. And Levitt-Gordon takes on the personality of a guy straight out of Jersey Shore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 25, 2013
Gordon-Levitt proves a natural filmmaker, nimbly staging Jon's highly amusing Catholic confessions, along with porn montages that mimic the dopamine-charged editing of Requiem for a Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
September 25, 2013
This is a sweet, lively and funny movie rather than a fully realized one, but it makes clear that Gordon-Levitt has a natural feeling for cinema and should do more of it.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
September 25, 2013
''Don Jon'' is a lark, but an enjoyable one with a full-hearted finale, and it further reveals the considerable talents of Gordon-Levitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 25, 2013
[Gordon-Levitt] can act, and there's a possibility he can also direct, but there's no evidence in Don Jon that he can do both at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
September 24, 2013
"Don Jon" is hardly as slick as its main character fancies himself, and that's OK. After all, as Gordon-Levitt's movie takes great pains to illustrate, what we constitute as perfection often proves to be a deceptive illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 24, 2013
Merely ends up trading one beefcake delusion for another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
Even when his story starts getting serious, Gordon-Levitt always keeps it funny, and his cast is in on the joke.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
September 24, 2013
The self-assured helmer shows genuine affection for his characters, balancing their openly satiric qualities with a disarmingly sincere human center.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2013
Crude, repetitive and rigorously single-minded, the popular actor's writing and directing debut lays it all on a bit thick, as the few points the film has to make are underscored time and time again.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 23, 2013
The movie takes a roundhouse punch at male shallowness, but Jon, in and out of his clothes, is not an interesting enough man to be emblematic of anything.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 23, 2013
The movie is a broad ethnic comedy, but there's nothing broad about the wicked-smart way it's executed. Even long-played-out stereotypes take on new life.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 19, 2013
For his first time behind the camera, Gordon-Levitt is already showing signs of great promise. It's a stereotype that actors-turned-filmmakers focus solely on performances, and while Don Jon is certainly a well-acted movie, it's also a good-looking one.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 24, 2013
Often light on its feet, bolstered by the reliable charms and writing chops of its leading man.