Of Mice and Men

Critics Consensus

Of Mice and Men honors its classic source material with a well-acted adaptation that stays powerfully focused on the story's timeless themes.

97%

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Reviews Counted: 29

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Average Rating: 3.5/5

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John Malkovich, Gary Sinise and Sherilyn Fenn shine in this contemporary remake of the beloved classic about a nomadic farm worker who looks after his dimwitted, gentle-giant friend.

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Critic Reviews for Of Mice and Men

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  • Well-mounted and very traditional, Of Mice and Men honorably serves John Steinbeck's classic story of two Depression-era drifters without bringing anything new to it.

    Jun 3, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • It's hard ... to believe Malkovich's shamble and gape, a simian variant on Dustin Hoffman's Rain Man.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • Of Mice and Men is a mournful, distantly heard lament for the loss of American innocence.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/4
  • Happily, director/star/co-producer Gary Sinise has approached it not with the awe of an English professor, but with the practical eye of a craftsman: Here are solid characters, a taut and emotional story, a beginning, a middle and a wrenching end.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The great pleasure of this movie is in what performers Sinise and John Malkovich, Ray Walton and others do with it; what director Sinise does with it; and, perhaps most important, what screenwriter Horton Foote does with it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • I would not have thought I could believe the line about the rabbits one more time, but this movie made me do it, as Lennie asks about the farm they'll own one day, and George says, yes, it will be just as they've imagined it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Of Mice and Men

½

A decent adaptation that flunks due to a miscast John Malkovich in an over-the-top, cartoonish performance, looking too smart and cynical for the role and making Lennie seem irritating and seriously retarded, so much more than in the original story.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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½

Good adaptation but I definitely prefer the book.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

A captivating film about the value of friendship during even the harshest of times. Inspired performances from both Gary Sinise and John Malkovich aid in making this adaptation an instant-classic.

Kristijonas Fussman
Kristijonas Fussman

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Gary Sinise and John Malkovich are perfect, but the obsessiveness and strange use of pauses irks me.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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