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Jimmy P. Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

March 7, 2014
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

March 6, 2014
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe

March 6, 2014
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 28, 2014
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

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

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 26, 2014
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

February 21, 2014
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 3.0/5

February 20, 2014
Matt Patches
IGN Movies

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.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 7.7/10

February 18, 2014
Ty Landis
Movie Mezzanine

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

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C+

February 16, 2014
Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com

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

Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 14, 2014
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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[A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film.

Full Review Source: New York Times

February 13, 2014
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 13, 2014
Matt Prigge
Metro

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.

Full Review Source: Metro | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2014
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 13, 2014
Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
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Benicio Del Toro's sad, penetrating eyes loom heavy in this intellectually intriguing but sadly dull biopic.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

February 13, 2014
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C

February 13, 2014
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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The film is nearly devoid of the sense of mystery and wonder that usually permeates Desplechin's work, and features only a meager handful of his signature expressionistic interludes.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

February 13, 2014
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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'Tell a dream, lose a reader" is the Henry James advice that the makers of "Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian" should have heeded.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

February 12, 2014
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 6, 2014
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 1, 2013
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