• PG, 2 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Frank Darabont
    In Theaters:
    Dec 21, 2001 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 18, 2002
  • Universal Pictures


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The Majestic Reviews

Todd McCarthy
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March 26, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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November 6, 2002
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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June 21, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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January 22, 2002
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Carrey gets the best role of his own career -- and plays it with tenderness, valor, bravery and deeply moving conviction. I find him positively captivating.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

January 3, 2002
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Marks a steep downturn in Jim Carrey's career.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 25, 2001
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Darabont and screenwriter Michael Sloane's misty-eyed tribute may be pleasant in places, but it's too manufactured and deliberate to be persuasive.

| Original Score: 1.5/5

December 21, 2001
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second.

| Original Score: 0.5/5

December 21, 2001
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Mr. Carrey may go to both Washington and a version of Bedford Falls in The Majestic, but he is neither the Jefferson Smith nor George Bailey of Stewart's best-loved films.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star

December 21, 2001
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Well-intentioned, but nearly every scene feels dragged out.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

December 21, 2001
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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At 2 1/2 hours, this movie is about an hour too long, and this makes an obvious story obnoxious in the extreme.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News

December 21, 2001
Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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I think Americans are in the mood today for a sentimental movie about their values, and, frankly, it's wonderful to see people get teary-eyed over the First Amendment.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

December 21, 2001
Joel Siegel
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The Majestic, an unabashed homage to Frank Capra. There's a reason even in the 1930's they called his movies 'Capracorn,' but, even though I argued withthe ending, this one got to me. The most Christmassy of all the holiday.

December 21, 2001
John Anderson
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I never thought I'd say anything like this, but it makes you long for Ace Ventura.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 21, 2001
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A bloated Capra-esque fable that stubbornly refuses to come to life.

December 21, 2001
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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[Darabont] makes us care about the characters and their dilemmas; he's made this old-fashioned tale vital and engaging.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

December 21, 2001
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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This 2 1/2-hour celebration of small-town America, the magic of the movies and free speech is so broadly manipulative and simplistic, it risks giving all three of them a bad name.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2001
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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Even for those to whom rank cynicism comes hard, The Majestic must seem hopelessly derivative, contrived, manipulative and, finally, insulting.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 1/4

December 21, 2001
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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Even Capra would blanch, if he could stay awake, at Darabont's attempt to force-feed such hollow, phony and insincere sentimentality as infuses Majestic.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

December 21, 2001
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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The ghost of Frank Capra haunts the movie so fiercely, audiences may pray for an exorcist.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News

December 21, 2001
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It tells a full story with three acts, it introduces characters we get to know and care about, and it has something it passionately wants to say.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 21, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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A sweet, visually handsome sermon, but it's too dramatically bland to convert even the converted.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 21, 2001

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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December 21, 2001
Charles Taylor
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One of those movies that makes you feel as if the national IQ was dropping while you're watching it.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 21, 2001
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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Lazy, heavy-handed nostalgia.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

December 20, 2001
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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A derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

December 20, 2001
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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A treacly, synthetic and wildly overlong drama that aspires to Frank Capra-style uplift, but winds up suffocating you with its aura of bogus, store-bought nostalgia.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

December 20, 2001
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz.

Full Review Source: USA Today

December 20, 2001
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Despite Carrey's best efforts and those of fetching newcomer Laurie Holden, Frank Darabont's film is an interminable, smothering tableau of Norman Rockwell pieties.

December 20, 2001
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Two hours of tedium followed by an additional 30 minutes of preaching.

December 20, 2001
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

December 20, 2001
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
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Ultimately, this movie is so sappy, every maple tree in the country will be green with envy.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

December 20, 2001
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's a picture that gets past all your defenses.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 20, 2001
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I thought it could have been a little tighter, but I am recommending it.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

December 18, 2001
James Berardinelli
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For those craving a large helping of nostalgia with a topping of crowd-pleasing patriotism, there are few choices better than The Majestic.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 18, 2001
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A celluloid fantasy that breathes no life it doesn't borrow from other movies.

December 16, 2001
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