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This Must Be The Place Reviews

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Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 25, 2012
This Must Be the Place is dazzling to behold.
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
September 11, 2012
Sorrentino gives traditional filmic materials new forms, and shows the line, continuous if often winding, that can be traced from father to son and from child to adult - and he does all this in a film that is funny, moving and endlessly surprising.
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
April 11, 2012
[It's] made with all of the visual Úlan we've come to expect, but the pacing is leaden and the film lacks a sense of purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sunday Age
April 9, 2012
The film seems to be aiming for a whimsical flourish on an otherwise unpleasant subject. Its premiere at Cannes met with a mixed response. I remain underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2012
Penn's performance may be understated in this, unlike his previous outspoken roles, but as Cheyenne he is just as stirring and memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 7, 2012
Along the way there are occasional arresting images, but they prove minor compensations.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 6, 2012
It doesn't really work but it's very watchable all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
Sun Online
April 6, 2012
A beautiful little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 6, 2012
A great score from David Byrne puts the icing on this unruly but beguiling production.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 5, 2012
As it dragged on and on, I found myself wondering if a more accurate title might not have been another of Byrne's songs, Road To Nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
April 5, 2012
Funnier on screen than he's been in any part since permanently stoned surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in 1982's Fast Times at Ridegmont High, Penn is terrific in a film that's consistently quirky, often laugh-out loud funny and sometimes surprisingly poignant.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
April 5, 2012
A chaotic but undeniably striking road movie in which it's never quite clear who's in charge of the map.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
April 5, 2012
Worth catching for the stunning soundtrack and Sorrentino's mad direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
April 5, 2012
A lot of it is terrific stuff, but there's just too much here to be digestible, too much to be resolved satisfactorily.
Tony Peters
Radio Times
April 5, 2012
The movie's constituent elements are nearly always striking, yet somehow they never add up to anything that speaks clearly to the head or the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 4, 2012
This won't be to everyone's taste, as the mixture of moods can be unsettling at times -- but it's beautifully made and acted, very original, and conceived on a grand scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 4, 2012
What matters is the story that sets out to correct the perceived truth, to rattle the bars of predestination and acquiescence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 4, 2012
By turns quirky, endearing, infuriating and utterly, utterly barking mad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 3, 2012
You're left with the feeling that Sorrentino's eccentric story and daring style masks just another movie about the healing powers of the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
April 2, 2012
This Must Be The Place is an ambitious experiment in form and tone, culminating in a precise failure... Like watching someone sprint into the ocean with the firm belief that they can make it to the other side before running out of breath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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