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Jimmy P. (2014)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 15

Jimmy P. has interesting ideas and talented stars, but director Arnaud Desplechin can't seem to figure out how to bring them together.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 6

Jimmy P. has interesting ideas and talented stars, but director Arnaud Desplechin can't seem to figure out how to bring them together.



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In "one of the most unexpected and inspiring movie pairings in recent memory (The Village Voice)," Jimmy P stars Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a true story about two very different men who build a unique and powerful bond through psychotherapy. A WWII vet plagued by excruciating headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams, Jimmy Picard (Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot, is labeled schizophrenic by a military hospital confused by his condition.



Arnaud Desplechin, Kent Jones, Julie Peyr


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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (15)

Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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[A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Jimmy P. tells the more-or-less-true story of two men's friendship and one man's recovery. Beneath that, though, is a meditation on exile and lost identity in which very different people share remarkably similar circumstances.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: NPR
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Benicio Del Toro's sad, penetrating eyes loom heavy in this intellectually intriguing but sadly dull biopic.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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It may not always treat psychology with the sophistication it deserves, but it at least acknowledges that it's an imperfect method of personal understanding.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

What grounds the film is the chemistry of the main performers.

February 26, 2014 Full Review Source:

In warming quite a lot to Jimmy P, it's possible that I've gravitated to what Desplechin's long-term admirers might regard as the wrong film.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

The pain and sadness of Picard's life are perversely relegated to another time and place, one the film can only visit from the distance of his recollections. By the end, [Arnaud] Desplechin makes him known thoroughly, but not vividly.

February 20, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
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The fine lead performances by Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric are the highlights of the artfully crafted, fact-based drama Jimmy P., which tries (sometimes in vain) to make psychotherapy cinematically intriguing.

February 18, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

The sterile process that the film is fixated on is admirable, but Jimmy P. rarely gets at anything engrossing or interesting about its characters.

February 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.

February 14, 2014 Full Review Source:

It's mysteriously interesting, almost a Rorschach Test, with little details sprinkled throughout that we may or may not catch. It's open to your interpretation.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro

Because it is so unabashedly Freudian, the movie also seems old-fashioned and often just dull.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Solid work from stars Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric lubricate the movie's hunt for understanding, but overlength tends to erase the effort's achievements in the end.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source:

The French director overcomes melodramatic tendencies in the early part of the movie to settle into something more subtle and interesting -- the tête-à-tête between two excellent actors fully inhabiting their roles.

February 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

Seems to struggle in making its interesting ideas apparent, leaving them stranded beneath the dry surface of an otherwise ordinary procedural.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Jimmy P.

Slightly mentally non-decolonized.

Good Film! A worthwhile film but a little odd insofar as it under emphasizes the ethnocultural forces in the characters in favor of a "special friendship" (in a universalized way) despite the fact that it is the decultured nature of American psychiatry which was at the root of doctors' inability to help Jimmy in the first place. Also couldn't stand the way a couple of actors who think that acting means being as anxious and/or intense as possible in every scene. Jimmy P is enlightening about the psychic damage that happens when cultural and ethnic peoples are punished for who they are and made to ape other cultures to become accepted.

A Native American Veteran suffering from a series of psychological issues develops a deeply powerful friendship with his progressive French psychoanalyst as they discover and attempt to understand the source of his illness.
July 8, 2014
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