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I Melt with You (2011)


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 3/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 1,915


Movie Info

Richard (Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan (Rob Lowe) and Tim (Christian McKay) are old college buddies who gather for a week each year in Big Sur to celebrate Tim's birthday and catch up with each other's lives. On the surface, they look like typical men in their forties, with careers, families and responsibilities. But as with most people, there is more to them than meets the eye. As the week progresses, they go down the rabbit hole of excess: mountains of drugs are consumed to a … More

R (for pervasive drug use and language, some violence and sexual content)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Glenn Porter
In Theaters:
Feb 28, 2012
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for I Melt with You

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (36) | DVD (3)

It really is good, albeit in ways that are different from other movies.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The movie captures, as well as any other, the feeling of partying into oblivion, minus the next-morning internal pitchfork stabs. Think of a wild friend you wouldn't want to emulate but can't let go of.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

A fanfare for the common jerk that taints every '80s-era alt-rock soundtrack tune it touches, "I Melt With You" assuredly marks itself as one of 2011's most ludicrous releases.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

By the end, you feel nothing, not even contempt.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

If it weren't played so very straight, this jaw-dropping thriller might pass for an accurate satire of Hollywood self-indulgence. Instead, it serves as a prime example.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A movie about self-absorbed douchebags that wallows in their douchebaggery.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Director Mark Pellington creates complex characters in his new thriller I Melt With You, but unfortunately fails to deliver a realistic, intriguing story.

Full Review… | February 11, 2013
We Got This Covered

Has the look of a John Cassavetes film, but with wimpy, colorless characters and a lot more drugs, death and color.

Full Review… | March 24, 2012
Laramie Movie Scope

Former porn star Sasha Grey turns up in a small role, and I daresay that the blunt, single-syllable scripts employed in her erotic films were Oscar-worthy compared to this drivel.

Full Review… | January 16, 2012
Creative Loafing

The actors do their best with what's been thrown at them-such a waste of so much talent-but by journey's end the film collapses on itself.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012

The best-looking bad film of 2011, I Melt with You squanders a fine acting quartet with self-indulgent existential angst among characters who are impossible to like.

Full Review… | December 31, 2011
What Culture

Laughably awful melodrama.

Full Review… | December 30, 2011
East Bay Express

Whether you're male or female, going through a mid-life crisis is no picnic. But watching the way it's depicted in 'I Melt with You' may be even worse.

Full Review… | December 22, 2011
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Instead of sympathizing with these jackasses, one wants to scream exactly what they don't want to hear: "Oh, grow up."

Full Review… | December 15, 2011
Paste Magazine

This is meant to be probing and piercing, and it is merely rancid, shallow and bilious.

Full Review… | December 12, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

The actual result is sad, pathetic, anxious, and depressing.

Full Review… | December 9, 2011
Common Sense Media

Good Lord, is this what's waiting on the other side of 40?

Full Review… | December 8, 2011

Although a stark performative moment here and a cold, sexy shot there slip through, all of the film's lesser ambitions are undone by its most risible one - to be serious, and thus be taken seriously.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011

Wildly overwrought portrait of four college buddies reunited for a weekend of drug-fueled debauchery and soul searching. Like a drunken evening, there are some good moments but it's not worth it in the end.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Big Picture Big Sound

A tolerant few will find smears of art buried somewhere beneath the relentless excess, I feel most who approach the feature will walk away with bloodshot eyes, tinnitus, and a urgent feeling to never sit through another Pellington movie.

Full Review… | December 8, 2011

A reunion of four college friends sheds little light on the male psyche in this garbled and unwatchable film

Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for I Melt with You

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Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer


When four 40-something college friends meet up for their annual reunion, things start to spiral out of control, and a pact they made as young men is revisited.

Well made film. I simply was shock on how much I enjoyed this film and how diverse and original it was. Great directing, acting and amazing music, style and sound. All men should watch this film, I simply somehow identified myself in this film yet somehow pity the men in them.

Richard Thomas Jane), Ron (Jeremy Piven), Jonathan (Rob Lowe) and Tim (Christian McKay) are old college friends that gather annually for a week in Big Sur to celebrate their friendship and catch-up on each other's lives. They seem like typical men in their forties - all with careers, families, and enormous responsibilities - but like most people there is a lot more beneath the surface.

As the week progresses, they go down the rabbit hole of excess as mountains of drugs are consumed to a blaring rock 'n' roll soundtrack. Parties with much younger women spin out of control. Exhausted and run ragged, they bare their souls to one another revealing the disillusionment with their lives. As the truth emerges, the reunion takes a much darker turn when a promise from their past is brought to light. From director Mark Pellington, 'I Melt With You' is a visually dazzling, wild and wooly trip deep into the male psyche, driven by four amazingly committed and profound performances.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

"I Melt with You" is an insufferable, derivative and dreary mess of a nihilistic movie whose cliched idea of a mid-life crisis involves a Porsche or two. If I got a kick out of self-loathing on this scale, I would watch "Mad Men." On the plus side, this all makes me feel positively well-adjusted. The movie's sole insight is the fact that as people grow older, they cannot handle alcohol and drugs like they once were able to. If only the barely developed characters in this movie thought about this before...

...Richard(Thomas Jane), Ron(Jeremy Piven), Jonathan(Rob Lowe) and Tim(Christian McKay) get together for their annual reunion, this time in Big Sur, California. While they enjoy hanging out together, their lives are otherwise a mess. Ron has the SEC up his ass. Jonathan is dissatisfied with his role as a pill pusher.(If that's how he feels, then he can volunteer at a free clinic or write a hefty check to Doctors without Borders to salve his conscience.) By the movie's own murky logic, worst off is Richard who is a high school teacher. Tim's problem is much harder to get at, only being referenced about halfway through and may somehow involve Sasha Grey. That's also the point at which any sign of a plot kicks in which involves the guys' overreaction to a promise made 25 years before, instead of being ashamed of having written such a bad piece of poetry.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

I Melt with You Quotes

Tim: Nothing mattered when we were together. And when we were apart, I felt him. I felt him, like my own breath.
– Submitted by Samantha F (23 months ago)
Ron: The hand of fate taps the shoulders of those around you.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Ron: You only see ahead as you whip yourself into a frenzy.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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