I'm Still Here is incredibly self indulgent and pointless. As a piece it is not funny, and simply put, it's just painful to watch and offers very little.
| Original Score: 2/10
The revelation the whole thing was a sham cannot repair the damage Joaquin Phoenix has done to a once-promising career. I'm Still Here is a practical joke, and not a very good one, either in conception or execution.
| Original Score: 2/5
"I'm Still Here" is a film that gets in your face and under your skin. Kind of like a portrait wiped with the artist's excrement. It's disgusting, but it's still art. The question is, at what cost?
| Original Score: 2/4
Joaquin gets the last laugh on us all. But the movie's a mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
...it took something like courage to make it, and it has some ofthe same iconoclastic power of punk rock, with the same edge of sneering cynicism ballasted by a canny sense of the market.
| Original Score: 83/100
You won't personally be ridiculed and physically attacked. You'll just leave the theater feeling like you were.
As a defeated Phoenix cleanses himself in the waters of Panama at the movie's climax, ultimately you're left asking the same question you were wondering when you went in: why should I care?
Rarely has the question of a documentary's artifice mattered less. I genuinely hated this picture, almost as much as I've admired Phoenix's work.
| Original Score: 0/4
Casey Affleck's I'm Still Here is, in and of itself, the perfect metaphor for the cult of celebrity - alternately compelling, repugnant, fuelled by pretension and ego and fake as a $3 bill.
Although skillfully overhyped, this asinine exercise is little more than a way for Affleck and Phoenix to write off blow and hookers.
It's a neat experiment with a brilliant performance but still not all that interesting.
| Original Score: 54/100
I'm Still Here is a home movie for relatives and masochists. It's the Apocalypse Now of crap.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Casy Affleck is trying to claim that I'm Still Here is 'gonzo film-making'. And I'm right with him on that point. It DOES look like it was made by a muppet.
| Original Score: 1/5
Perhaps it goes without saying that Here was more provocative when it couldn't be seen, when it existed for most of us purely in the realm of rumor.
Joaquin is simply adding to the ugliness, encouraging the fools, and wasting everyone's time.
| Original Score: D-
Hip hop hoax or artist reborn? It's hard to care after suffering through I'm Still Here
And if it's all an act, some kind of meta-commentary on celebrity and public life? In that case, it's just boring.
| Original Score: C
The crux of I'm Still Here is the same as the one central to most of Lars von Trier's filmic pranks: How far can one mess with one's audience while feigning sincerity?
Since Phoenix spends half the film with his head down, mumbling and shirtless, I'm Still Here is literally (and figuratively) an exercise in navel-gazing.
| Original Score: 1/4
The whole thing is such a tedious, foul-mouthed mess that it isn't even worth discussing as a riff on the Bob Dylan doc Don't Look Back or a meditation on slovenly semi-madness.
Ultimately the film seems like a stale idea and its celebrity filmmakers too close to -- and forgiving of -- celebrities to really deliver a hard critique.