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The Number 23 (2007)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 189
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 174

Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 40

Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing.



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Upon acquiring a mysterious book in which the number 23 seems to take on powerful cosmic significance, a once-sane man gradually becomes obsessed with the idea that the frequently recurring number may in fact hold a deadly secret in this intense mystery-thriller starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, and directed by Joel Schumacher. Walter Sparrow (Carrey) is a middle-aged dogcatcher whose wife Agatha (Madsen) has bestowed him with an obscure mystery novel detailing the investigation launched


Mystery & Suspense

Fernley Phillips

Jul 5, 2005


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All Critics (190) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (174) | DVD (26)

For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Pretty much every important date in history...can be teased to fit the pattern. What can't be hammered out of this fixation, apparently, is a coherent movie.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source:
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It just adds up to sheer ineptitude.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey.

February 23, 2007 | Comments (8)
New York Times
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Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times. Charles Manson was born Nov. 12 (11 + 12 = 23). The Mayans believed the world would end on Dec. 23, 2012 (20 + 1 + 2 = 23). My brother stole my pogo stick when I was 23 and broke it into 23 pieces.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (7)
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The author's obsession with the number 23 becomes Walter's, and we're treated to a lot of examples of numbers that add up to 23, which means a lot of scenes in which people say things like, 'What's 14 plus 9? 23!' and look haunted.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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As far as psychological thrillers go, The Number 23 is a little too much 'psycho' and not enough 'logical'.

November 3, 2012 Full Review Source:

Absurd, dark, and a miscast Jim Carrey. Yuck.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As Walter's/Fingerling's paranoia grows, the viewer is irritatingly yanked back and forth between the real and imagined settings, and left to decide which one is more ridiculous.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Nothing to decipher here

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

There is something to this 23 stuff, and a film about apophenia (obsession with random connections) would be fascinating. But no.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Jim Carrey tries his best, but the film never gets psychologically creepy, never makes the viewer question what is fiction, what is reality, and most importantly what the number 23 is all about.

March 3, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comment (1)
The Scorecard Review

A convoluted and rather dull affair.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

So much cascading hatred for the audience runs through the flickering images of this film!

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

... the film astoundingly reaches new levels of unintentional self-parody with every turn.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

THE NUMBER 23 starts off promisingly but quickly devolves into an uneven mess.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

What could have been an intriguing psychological drama turns into a mediocre crime thriller.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The Number 23 is Schumacher's first stab at a scary movie, the end result just doesn't quite add up.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

This thriller's biggest mistake is its belief that it's as clever and original as it is visually stylish.

April 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Joel Schumacher does a chaotic job of turning this thriller into indigestible jelly %u2013 it wobbles formless for a while, finally settling into the shape of a duck

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

full review in Greek

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Sem conseguir convencer o espectador do básico (a onipresença do número 23), o roteiro chega a apelar para absurdos para tentar provar sua lógica tortuosa.

March 25, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Good God, I actually liked this screwball of a mystery thriller.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Comments (4)
Reno News and Review

...tombe dans pratiquement tous les pièges dans lesquels le genre se complait mollement depuis déjà plusieurs années

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

While it's often fun watching Jim Carrey handle more serious material the same cannot always be said of director Joel Schumacher.

March 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Number 23

three stars
January 9, 2014
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I'm sorry, but you're going to have to do a little bit more than write on a wall and light a few candles before you convince me that you are either obsessed or mad. What a stupid film, I still don't understand what the Number 23 is all about either? Make up numbers for things and make sure they all add up to 23, what is so interesting or mysterious about that? Jim Carrey is woefully miscast although I'm not sure even the greatest of actors could save this. I thought this was supposed to be a dark thriller? I'm shocked at how bad this film is. Never has a film been so pointless.
May 17, 2013

Super Reviewer

What was meant was a dark, scary, paronoid wink at the audience becomes weak, predictable and hokey by the credits. Only for those days at the bottom of your vid rentals.
January 23, 2013

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