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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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

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.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 13

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.

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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

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John Requa, Glenn Ficarra

Apr 5, 2011

$2.0M

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

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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[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.

December 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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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.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A delirious comedy that remains on track largely thanks to Jim Carrey's goofy but grounded performance.

December 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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[E]asily one of the best comedies of the last several years.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

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

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
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?

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

...it's the film's fearless go-for broke style which makes I Love You Phillip Morris such a success.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

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

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
Movie Habit

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

August 2, 2011 Full Review Source: 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

July 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

July 11, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
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.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

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

May 15, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

A remarkably strong debut...

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

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

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (2)
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.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

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...

January 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
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.

January 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
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.
April 23, 2013
Lucas Martins

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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.
July 3, 2012
danperry17

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.
May 20, 2012
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Gayest movie ever!!! Here are two men in love who are blissfully tender with each other, their relationship and their quirks and their PDA unfettered by sociopolitical agenda, cinematic style, or practiced macho-ness. This is a love story through and through.

Steve Russell's escape capers are quite daring and exciting - all the more so by virtue of their veracity! Jim Carrey's receding hairline and hungry-beast stare kinda make him seem predatory at first, but he gradually delivers a wonderfully warm performance. After his final escape and Phillip asks how he knows Steve won't hurt him again, I expected a tearfully schticky "You don't," but Carrey takes a moment, his gaze lowers, his face falls, silently admitting that he, himself, doesn't know, before quietly saying, "You don't." TEARS!!!
March 6, 2012
aliceinpunderland

Super Reviewer

    1. Screecher: ENKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! ENKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!
    2. Steven Russell: What the hell is that?
    3. 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 (21 months ago)
    1. Phillip Morris: You're not even a fucking lawyer are you?! You fucking liar!
    – Submitted by Christian B (21 months ago)
    1. Steven Russell: I'm gay. Gay, gay, gay, gay, gay. Have been for as long as I can remember.
    – Submitted by Christian B (21 months ago)
    1. Phillip Morris: Steven! Steven!
    2. Steven Russell: What the hell are you doing?
    3. Phillip Morris: I LOVE YOU!
    4. Phillip Morris: I love you too! We'll be together soon! I promise, I promise! I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS!
    – Submitted by Christian B (21 months ago)
    1. Steven Russell: I'm gonna take care of everything.
    2. Phillip Morris: *sigh*
    3. Phillip Morris: Enough romance, let's fuck!
    – Submitted by Christian B (21 months ago)
    1. Steven Russell: My name's Steven Russell.
    2. Phillip Morris: Well, nice to meet you Steven Russell. My name is Phillip Morris.
    – Submitted by Christian B (21 months ago)
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