Mr. Nobody (2013)



Critic Consensus: Mr. Nobody's narrative tangles may bedevil as much as they entertain, but its big ambitions and absorbing visuals make for an intriguing addition to director Jaco Van Dormael's filmography.

Movie Info

A young boy stands on a station platform. The train is about to leave. Should he go with his mother or stay with his father? An infinity of possibilities rise from this decision. As long as he doesn't choose, anything is possible. Every life deserves to be lived. (c) Magnolia

Rating: R (for some sexuality/nudity , brief strong language and violent images)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Jaco Van Dormael
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 25, 2014
Box Office: $3.6k
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Nobody

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (5)

Never mind that several characters seem to gain or lose British accents throughout the course of the film. The lack of continuity only enhances the sense of deliciously dizzying disequilibrium.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

As philosophy, Mr. Nobody seems sillier than it is profound. But in a parallel reality, more movies would have this degree of insane ambition.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
AV Club
Top Critic

This big-budget English-language co-production shows that Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king.

Full Review… | October 28, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

While Mr. Nobody contains some truly moving scenes, it eventually starts to try your concentration when you suspect all the space/time continuum shuffling may never become more than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

[Writer-director] Van Dormael seems unsure of what exactly it is he's trying to say, and thus Mr. Nobody rambles on for nearly two and a half hours.

Full Review… | August 18, 2014
Under the Radar

There are times when the film is entirely lucid in the points it wants to get across on love and the various choices we have to make throughout our lives, while at other times it seems lost in its overabundance of possibilities.

Full Review… | February 24, 2014

Audience Reviews for Mr. Nobody

A 118-year old man, the last mortal left on Earth in 2092 after humanity has discovered the secret of genetic immortality, tells his life story to a curious journalist, mixing up his memories and telling contradictory stories in which he is in love with three different women. With its multiple storylines, heartbreaking romance, amazing sight gags, and clever philosophical asides, this amazing movie shows more imagination than the last five movies you saw put together.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is the strangest movie I did not understand but still for some reason LOVE!

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


Dormael's ambition, though appealing, moves dangerously towards pretentiousness as he attempts to concoct this intricate, convoluted plot - which bears many unnecessary elements that end up bloating it into a flawed, overlong structure that lacks a clear focus.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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