I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

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Critic 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.


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

Rating: R (for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 5, 2011
Box Office: $2.0M
Runtime:
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Cast


as Steven Russell

as Phillip Morris

as Lindholm

as Birkheim

as Barbara Bascombe

as Houston Lawyer

as Cellmate Arnie

as Steven's Mom

as Steven's Dad

as 9-Year Old Steven

as Child Stepanie

as Screecher

as Paramedic

as Latino Man

as Racist Client

as Moustached Man

as Steven's 11-Year Old...

as Release Officer

as Policeman

as Young Doctor

as County Corrections O...

as Physician

as SWAT Commander

as Blond Wife

as Bossy Guard

as Second Prisoner

as Red-Haired Boy

as Little Girl

as Male Nurse

as Lead Officer

as Night Guard

as Little Boy

as Steven's Attorney

as Secretary

as Blond Inmage

as Producer Manager

as Policeman #2

as Cherubic Secretary

as Married Woman

as Houston Cop

as Jail Guard

as Infirmary Orderly

as 12-Year Old Stephani...

as Facelift Wife

as Huge Nurse

as Housewife

as Taxi Driver

as Houston Judge

as Cab Driver

as Mrs. Lindholm

as Female D.A.

as Houston Doctor

as Bald Prisoner

as New Cellmate

as Yard Guard

as Corrections Officer

as Caretaker

as First Prisoner

as Guard
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Critic Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (35)

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

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

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
Trespass

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
Deadspin

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
Tribune News Service

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

½

Fresh, creative story.

cchclaw
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.

danperry17
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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