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I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 109
Rotten: 43

Critics Consensus: This fact-based romantic comedy has its flaws, but they're mostly overcome by its consistently sweet, funny tone and one of the best performances of Jim Carrey's career.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 22
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: This fact-based romantic comedy has its flaws, but they're mostly overcome by its consistently sweet, funny tone and one of the best performances of Jim Carrey's career.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 87,799


Movie Info

Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the … More

R (for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
John Requa , Glenn Ficarra
In Theaters:
Apr 5, 2011
Box Office:
Roadside Attractions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (109) | Rotten (43) | DVD (7)

This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.

Full Review… | March 4, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Jim Carrey is the narrator... transforming what could have been a cliched con man comedy, generic Jim Carrey-character comedy or run-of-the-mill gay coming-out comedy into something smarter, sweeter and downright giddy.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Russell was a fascinating character and a real puzzle box; but the filmmakers have turned his life into a broad farce with one wocka-wocka gag after another.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[The] elaborate cons may be fascinating, daring stuff, but the heart of the picture is the romantic relationship, which is squeezed out to the edges.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Yes, some familiar Carrey tactics are on display, but the star's performance has real heart - it's easily the best thing he has done since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A delirious comedy that remains on track largely thanks to Jim Carrey's goofy but grounded performance.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

[E]asily one of the best comedies of the last several years.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

Jim Carrey succeeds but the film is too mean-spirited and its supporting players too one-dimensional to make this story worthwhile.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Even when the movie's doing something stupid, you just bemusedly shake your head and dive right back in, forgiving everything, even if you don't know why. Isn't that what love's all about?

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Despite its title, it has nothing to do with cigarettes. But its star, as he once famously said on screen, is absolutely "smokin'."

Full Review… | January 16, 2013
McClatchy-Tribune News Service's the film's fearless go-for broke style which makes I Love You Phillip Morris such a success.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
FILMINK (Australia)

Jim Carrey brings dynamo force to the story of a brilliant con man and the guy he loved

Full Review… | August 12, 2011
Movie Habit

ILYPM is quite good and it's a shame that this film was shunted around the backburners for so long.

Full Review… | August 2, 2011
The Standard

Above all, it is the wonderful performances of Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as a couple of misfits for whom love is everything, that stay with us

Full Review… | July 31, 2011
Urban Cinefile

I'm describing I Love You Phillip Morris as an inferior version of Catch Me If You Can. It's trying to tell a similar story in a similar vein but it just doesn't work.

Full Review… | July 11, 2011
ABC Radio Brisbane

Inspirada en una increíble historia real, esta comedia de Jim Carrey no es para nada la típica comedia de Jim Carrey, aunque haga uso de sus habituales recursos histriónicos. Una comedia romántica absurda, irreverente y gay.

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
Uruguay Total

But truth be told, no film has conveyed true love quite as convincingly in a very long time.

Full Review… | May 15, 2011

A remarkably strong debut...

Full Review… | April 18, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

You have to hand it to Jim Carrey. He could take the easy paycheck time after time in bland movie after bland movie, but he keeps on running down these weird roads and that's where he winds up doing his best work.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Leaving aside the extent in which the premise of I Love You Phillip Morris is essentially very sad and serious, this is overall an extremely funny and at times very sweet romantic comedy.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
Cinema Autopsy

You couldn't make this story up, as the truth proves to be stranger than fiction.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a joy to see Carrey used in a way that revels in his schizophrenic nature while also trying to make some authentic emotional sense of it as well.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011

Carrey reminds us here... that he can be a genuinely passionate actor able to skillfully combine comedy with pathos when he is removed from the Hollywood machine, which strives to turn him into a cartoon...

Full Review… | January 24, 2011
Flick Filosopher

I like the outre screwball flavor of the piece; it feels a little like Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can crossed with one of John Waters' gently transgressive cult movies.

Full Review… | January 16, 2011
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

A daring movie that it's the best romantic stories that I ever saw. I Love You Phillip Morris is an unique fact-based romcom, that present a bold and one of the best performances by Jim Carrey. It's flaws when the movie show the lack of details about Steven Russell runways from jail. Anyway the film overcome by the comedy and the sweet couple: Steven and Phillip, role of Evan McGregor, that also present one of his best actings.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Fresh, creative story.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

The recipe for a good Jim Carrey movie is simple: give his character a singular focus (see: Ace Ventura; Liar, Liar; Yes Man). Here, his character, Steve Russell, has a compulsive desire to give his dream partner - the titular Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) - absolutely everything, which drives him to commit con after con, trying always to keep the law off his tail, and Phillip Morris in love with him.

Morris, of course, is played sweetly by McGregor, as the delicate partner who just wants them to be together, and the two leads have great chemistry overall. Plus, the jokes are just cynical - or failing that, raunchy - enough to keep you laughing.

And, what I perhaps liked most about this movie, is that it talks to you as though you, too, are being conned; some viewers might not like the twist at the end, as it doesn't seem too well set up, but keep in mind: Russell is narrating this story. You didn't expect he'd tell you more than you need to know up front, now, did you? As the tagline says, and as a good con artist would tell you of his next lie: it's so incredible it has to be true. It all makes for a delightful, underrated surprise of a movie that, though it gets a little too heavy in the end, tells a fun and touching love story.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Steven Russell: I love you, Phillip Morris! I love you! 

"Based On A True Story... No, Really It Is"

The story of Steven Russell and the man he loves, Phillip Morris, is one crazy fucking story. The film portrays it no differently. Sure it goes a little to the extreme with some of the homosexual content, and that surely will make hard core Republicans squirm in their chairs. But the movie is truly funny, and one of Jim Carrey's better films and performances in the last several years. He plays Steven Russell, a character of many aspects. At the beginning of the movie, he is married with a daughter and is a Texas police officer. He knows he is gay, but is just in the closet about it. Then he tells his wife, and starts his new life as a gay man, which as he describes is really expensive. So he starts running scams and becomes a conman. Soon he finds himself in prison where he meets the love of his life, and the story just gets wackier from there. 

I Love You Phillip Morris has moments where it really isn't anything special, but for most of the runtime it is entertaining. Carey and McGregor are both really good and really convincing as gay men, especially McGregor. The movie isn't really laugh out loud funny all the time, but it has moments that are really funny and many other instances where it is funny, but not in a way that will make you laugh out loud. A lot of the humor I found funny kind of embarrassed me. I still find all this gay humor hilarious and this movie doesn't skimp on it. There's a lot of sexual acts humor and a fair amount of dick related jokes as well. 

This movie isn't going to win any subtlety contests, but for a story like this; the movie really did need to be over the top like this, because the real man is way over the top. Surely this won't be for everyone, but if you won't be offended by the material, which I don't see why anyone should in today's world; give it a watch. If you're a Jim Carey fan, this is a welcome sight. It's something we need from him when he brings out movies like Mr. Poppers Penguins. It isn't going to touch some of his works that made him a star, but it is heads and heels above what he has been doing for the last 10 years. Well, except for Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

I Love You Phillip Morris Quotes

Steven Russell:
What the hell is that?
Phillip Morris:
Oh that is the Screecher next door. He does that all night. I swear to God, I don't get any sleep ever. Drives me fucking crazy.
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)
Phillip Morris:
You're not even a fucking lawyer are you?! You fucking liar!
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)
Steven Russell:
I'm gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. Have been for as long as I can remember.
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)
Phillip Morris:
Steven! Steven!
Steven Russell:
What the hell are you doing?
Phillip Morris:
Phillip Morris:
I love you too! We'll be together soon! I promise, I promise! I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS!
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)
Steven Russell:
I'm gonna take care of everything.
Phillip Morris:
Phillip Morris:
Enough romance, let's fuck!
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)
Steven Russell:
My name's Steven Russell.
Phillip Morris:
Well, nice to meet you Steven Russell. My name is Phillip Morris.
– Submitted by Christian B (2 years ago)

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