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I Heart Huckabees (2004)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 22

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Convinced that a series of coincidences involving a doorman hold some secret to life's largest riddles, Albert Markovski seeks the help of a detective agency unlike any other--which leads him down a path that questions the essence of existence itself. In an attempt to ferret out the meaning of these flukes, he consults Bernard and Vivian Jaffe, AKA the Existential Detectives, a pair of married metaphysicians who fearlessly investigate the mysteries at the core of their clients' secret innermost


Drama, Comedy

David O. Russell, Jeff Baena

Feb 22, 2005


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All Critics (191) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (116) | Rotten (71) | DVD (38)

This feverish state-of-the-split-nation address finds Russell tossing everything that matters -- and more -- into the pot, and producing a pretty indigestible and very messy stew.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A rewarding- frustrating smart-silly comedy of pretentious- modest ambitions.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Russell is obviously working out his considerable angst ... but in an admirable attempt to opt for a manic, stream of consciousness energy, he ends up annoying his audience instead.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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So willfully, smugly eccentric that it grows tiresome rather quickly.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Adventurous, challenging and filled with small moments of delight. Unfortunately, it's also self-indulgent, repetitious and the sort of movie you wish was great but isn't.

October 15, 2004 | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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You have to give everyone involved credit for mounting a joke that, if not of Dadaist proportions, should prove pretty funny to everyone except the rubes who wander in expecting to see something they can comprehend.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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I ♥ Huckabees is a rarity-a tremendously optimistic film for a truly dark time.

November 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

Brilliant existential comedy for adults only.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Russell directs an excellent cast in a thought provoking existential comedy that is very funny and very well acted.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

I have no idea what the film is really all about, but this top line cast makes it so much fun, it doesn't seem to matter.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Metaphysics, madness and Mancala meet in this fun, fresh and overtly philosophical tale about, well, all kinds of things, really.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

If you're up for it, you'll discover a fresh, funny little romp unafraid to tackle the biggest issues of all.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Despite an outstanding cast of actors and some funny moments, I never cared enough to believe that this movie was anything other than pretentious; the kind of movie they might show in Philosophy 101 classes.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comment (1)
Three Movie Buffs

Maddeningly uneven but mildly amusing.

May 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Si vous êtes prêt à suivre à votre maximum d'attention une comédie qui ne semble pas faire beaucoup de sens, vous risquez [...] de vous y retrouver.

April 16, 2005

I ♥ Huckabees might be too smart for its own good, but that also seems to be the point. Russell extols liberal activism while deflating its self-importance...

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

A high-concept, high-minded piece of pseudointellectual trash, "I Heart Huckabees" is one of those stink bombs the intelligentsia like to champion.

March 30, 2005 | Comments (3)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

...while it is little more than a lightweight charade masquerading as deep wisdom, there were parts of it I enjoyed.

March 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

At its heart, this is basically the story of one man's attempt to prove that his life has meaning. What could be more relatable than that?

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

I hate Huckabees!

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Comments (2)
Fantastica Daily

I ? Huckabees really only succeeds on the level of slapstick, with Tomlin's impeccable timing being the chief delight.

January 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The funniest movie I saw in 2004

January 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A different kind of motion picture, one that challenges the status quo and gives audiences a skewed view on the typical. Here, here!

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

What in the world is going on with I Heart Huckabees? Please, someone e-mail me and let me know.

December 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies
Zertinet Movies

As with Russell's other films, Huckabees moves its audience from initial bafflement to a broader apprehension of a situation rife with complexity.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Audience Reviews for I Heart Huckabees

Mark Wahlberg is the balls. I never thought I'd say that.

Most of the other actors are somewhat less convincing and at times some of them actually don't seem to know what movie they are in. (Isabelle!)

Existential caper is at once profoundly enjoyable and infinitely flawed.
May 10, 2007

Super Reviewer

David O. Russell's 'I Heart Huckabees' is a unique and quirky film that proves to be too frazzled and quick. It loses it's viewer in most of the frenzy of what's going on and doesn't allow any catch up time. The cast is excellent though, with a Mark Wahlberg that really stands out as the most committed here. It's hard to follow this frantic existential film, but 'I Heart Huckabees' is an original experience that has a few tricks up its' sleeve.
August 9, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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The general opinion about this film seems curiously divided between finding it either smart or pretentious. For me it is neither, but just a quirky and rather funny story that makes welcome use of some existentialist issues and a great cast. Good, but nothing special.
October 9, 2011

Super Reviewer

Any movie that features Mark Wahlberg and Jason Schwartzman whacking each other in the face with a ball automatically deserves taking a look at.

Released in 2004. I Heart Huckabees is a wild and offbeat philosophical comedy about people suffering through various existential crises who hire existential detectives to help them figure things out. Sounds odd, I know, and it's kind of hard to really describe this movie, but basically think of it as heavy intellectual material mixed with funny midlife crisis (only existential in nature) type of stuff. I figured this movie would be really obtuse and inaccessible, but it's actually not that hard to follow or get into if oyu pay a bit of attention and have an open mind.

The cast is great. There's tons of well known names and faces, and that goes for the cameos and bit players as well. Everyone does a pretty good job, too. Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin are a joy to watch, and they make a great team. They same goes for Wahlberg and Schwartzman. Law is a bit of an asshole ,but that means he's done his job as an actor. Watts looks good in a bonnet and well, I dunno, you just kind of have to see this.

The movie is pretty good, but not great. It might be a little too heady for some, but that's what you get when you go offbeat (sometimes, but not always). It seems a bit random at times, and some might not like having the question of "what's the point?" not answered immediately, but those are really the only issues I have. That the overall revelation/answer is something I believe in anyway makes me only enjoy this movie even more.

Give it a shot, you might really find something to enjoy here.
March 8, 2011
Chris Weber

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    1. Tommy Corn: Once you realize the universe sucks, you've got nothing to lose.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Vivian Jaffe: Most people prefer to remain on the surface of things.
    – Submitted by Frances H (16 months ago)
    1. Albert Markovski: Nobody sits like this rock sits. You rock, rock. The rock just sits and is. You show us how to just sit here and that's what we need.
    – Submitted by Jack L (23 months ago)
    1. Bernard Jaffe: No time for infinity? Gotta piece together a theory?
    – Submitted by Alicia F (2 years ago)
    1. Brad Stand: How am I not myself?
    – Submitted by Tomas K (2 years ago)
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