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This Must Be The Place Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times
December 28, 2012
Penn's Cheyenne is endearing and ultimately a little bit heartbreaking.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012
... a fascinating character study that goes beyond simple quirks and mannerisms.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2012
Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 16, 2012
Sean Penn performs another one of his amazing transmogrification acts as the rock star Cheyenne in This Must Be the Place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
November 15, 2012
Feels like a cult movie waiting to happen, or perhaps a mad experiment gone wrong. Either way, it's worth watching Penn, perhaps unwittingly, taking Jeff Spicoli to the burned-out end we might have guessed for him back at Ridgemont High.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 15, 2012
The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
November 15, 2012
Adjust to the Oscar winner's deadpan cartoon impersonation, and you may get on the wavelength of this quirkfest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 15, 2012
Immensely entertaining and occasionally very moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 9, 2012
The old country comes to the New World in a magical tale with ancient roots of a prodigal son returning for revenge . . .like a cinematic DeToqueville. . . kooky and lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 9, 2012
If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 8, 2012
There's a real touch of magic in both Sorrentino's film and the stately, poised performance by Penn that anchors it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 8, 2012
This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 8, 2012
It's a puzzle, but a fascinating one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
November 5, 2012
Sparked by a nutty but quite wonderful, can't-take-your-eyes-off-him performance by Sean Penn, this unpredictable film carries you along on a wave of surprise and visual beauty.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 3, 2012
This film about a Robert Smith-like rocker hunting a Nazi war criminal, while about that, is more about everything but that. Featuring a uniquely endearing performance from Penn...[it] is one of the most unexpectedly delightful films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
If the movie doesn't entirely get past its hard-to-buy premise, director Paolo Sorrentino does have the courage of his convictions, not just embracing every contradiction but spinning many of the story's contrivances into moments of strange, aching beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 1, 2012
The plot turns are playful as well as jolting, and the visual shocks are gentle: a bison on the porch, the world's largest pistachio, Mr. Penn in his makeup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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November 1, 2012
This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
Penn is astonishing, creating a funny, guileless waif, infusing a faded celebrity figure with tactility and humor.
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