The Number 23 (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Number 23 (2007)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

A mysterious novel, "The Number 23," given to Walter Sparrow by his wife Agatha as a birthday gift, depicts a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror Walter's life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of the book's main character, a brooding detective named Fingerling, is filled with moments that echo Walter's own history. As the world of the book starts to come alive, Walter becomes infected by the most frightening and evocative part of it: Fingerling's obsession with the hidden power of the number 23. This obsession permeates the book and begins to control Walter. He sees the number everywhere in his own life and becomes convinced that he is damned to commit the same horrific crime as Fingerling--murder. Nightmarish fantasies come to haunt Walter, ones that portend terrible fates for his wife as well as family friend Isaac French, placing him on a desperate quest to understand the mysteries of the book. If he can unlock the power behind the number 23, he may be able to change his future.more
Rating: R (for violence, disturbing images, sexuality and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Fernley Phillips
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2005
Box Office: $35.1M
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Jim Carrey
as Walter Sparrow/Det. ...
Virginia Madsen
as Agatha Sparrow/Fabri...
John Fink
as Walter's Father/Fing...
Danny Huston
as Dr. Isaac French/Dr....
Mark Pellegrino
as Kyle Finch
Patricia Belcher
as Dr. Alice Mortimer
Paul Butcher
as Young Fingerling/You...
David Stifel
as Hotel Clerk
Corey Stoll
as Sgt. Burns
Ed Lauter
as Father Sebastian
Troy Kotsur
as Barnaby
Logan Lerman
as Robin Sparrow
Julie Remala
as Mail Clerk
Rhona Mitra
as Laura Tollins
Lynn Collins
as Suicide Blonde/Mrs. ...
Walter Soo Hoo
as Chinese Restaurant O...
Rudolph Willrich
as Dr. Nathaniel
Bob Zmuda
as Desk Clerk
Ka'ramuu Kush
as Fingerling's Sergean...
Maile Flanagan
as Charades Friend
Tom Lenk
as Bookstore Salesperso...
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Critic Reviews for The Number 23

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (44)

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

Full Review… | July 9, 2007
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Top Critic

As far as psychological thrillers go, The Number 23 is a little too much 'psycho' and not enough 'logical'.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

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

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Georgia Straight

Nothing to decipher here

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Number 23

This was def a different role for Carrey and i enjoyed it. i think this movie had a chance to be so much more.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

An eerie concept with an incoherent and selective script. The Number 23 is a flat, discombobulated thriller with Jim Carrey at his lowest. The film's hysteria with the number and twist (which was the only plus) is more-so annoying as it is frightening. 1/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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