Jimmy P. Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
September 22, 2014
This intelligent movie becomes a gentle reproof of prejudice and ignorance, and I wish I could find some excitement in it.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 7, 2014
Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 6, 2014
Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 28, 2014
A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 13, 2014
[A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film.
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February 13, 2014
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.
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
February 13, 2014
Benicio Del Toro's sad, penetrating eyes loom heavy in this intellectually intriguing but sadly dull biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
February 13, 2014
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 | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 12, 2014
'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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
May 30, 2013
Just "not-horrible" enough, yet are still thoroughly and transcendently boring
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 23, 2013
Del Toro and Amalric's many analytic interactions come to feel like arias; Desplechin's films often have this intimately, unsettlingly operatic feel, as if the camera were recording a performance for proscenium at too close a range
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 21, 2013
This is a superb, engrossing picture, strange in all the right ways, and one I long to see again.