• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:    Paolo Sorrentino
  • In Theaters:    Nov 2, 2012 Wide
  • On DVD:    Mar 12, 2013
  • The Weinstein Company

This Must Be The Place Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
January 4, 2013

"It would take a week mucking out a pork pie factory to acclimatise for a hamfest as nauseating as this."

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
Simon Miraudo
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
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.

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
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
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
November 1, 2012

Bizarre can be good when it's done deftly. In this case, however, it's done ponderously and sententiously.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 13, 2012

We begin to wonder why Penn even bothered with such a flimsy project in the first place. Let's not stop here very long.

Mike Scott
January 11, 2013

As oddly magnetic as Sean Penn's performance is, the film seems more preoccupied with being quirky and puzzling than with telling a cohesive, satisfying story.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

Sean Penn as an ex-rock-star Nazi hunter feels like a lot to swallow. It is.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013

The conceit of showing a pop-culture figure's life out of the limelight is beyond hackneyed, but the film's incongruous visual splendor and Penn's all-or-nothing commitment keep Sorrentino's unabashed folly afloat for a while.

Eric D. Snider
Top Critic
January 27, 2012

Sorrento's talents for constructing visually arresting images and shooting things in an unconventional way are squandered on a pointless, meandering narrative led by an off-putting protagonist.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 31, 2012

The film's entire premise is highly self indulgent. Penn's performance, while striking and commendable, is overly mannered.. There's a mascara truckload of interest at work, but only an eyelash of satisfaction

Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
May 20, 2011

Negotiating a consistent artistic path as steadily as a drunk walking a straight line, This Must Be the Place is all over the place dramatically, tonally and thematically.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
November 2, 2012

Sean Penn has received a mantle's worth of humanitarian awards over the years. But he might have to give one of them back, just to make amends for "This Must Be the Place."

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 8, 2012

The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 16, 2012

Hits some wild notes but never quite finds its niche

Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
October 31, 2012

The film's numerous idiosyncrasies-virtues at the outset-ultimately suffocate it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic
November 21, 2012

Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 7, 2012

Along the way there are occasional arresting images, but they prove minor compensations.

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