Man on the Moon (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Man on the Moon (1999)



Critic Consensus: Jim Carrey is eerily dead-on in his portrayal of Andy Kaufman, which helps to elevate Man on the Moon above the script's formulaic biopic cliches.

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Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey, as the late Andy Kaufman who was considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time. A master at provoking audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Danny DeVito also stars in Man on the Moon as Kaufman's manager, George Shapiro, with Courtney Love co-starring as Lynne Margulies, the woman who befriends and eventually falls in love with the comic. Paul Giamatti portrays Kaufman's best friend an d writer, Bob Zmuda. Well-known Vegas lounge singer Tony Clifton stars as himself.

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Critic Reviews for Man on the Moon

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (31)

We're constantly kept guessing as to what's real or false. Intriguing.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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As drama, it's a near miss. Yet as an introduction -- or a reminder -- of a singular talent, it has its appeal.

June 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Superficially clever yet profoundly shallow.

March 22, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A formidable piece of work.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5

The crowning performance of Jim Carrey's career.

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

What is most wonderful about Man on the Moon, a very good film, is that it remains true to Kaufman's stubborn vision.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Man on the Moon

Jim Carrey's uncanny impersonation of Andy Kaufman is both the film's grand triumph but also its potential downfall. There's nothing outside of his performance that gives "Man on the Moon" any substance. Milos Forman orchestrates the film like a hurried timeline of vignettes. It doesn't take you anywhere special. There's not a good sense of what made Kaufman tick. But there's enough in "Man on the Moon" to keep you watching as Kaufman was a fascinatingly unique individual and Carrey brings him to life. It's just that the life he's portraying doesn't reveal anything behind the genius.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer


Always is great see something about Andy Kaufman.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


An intriguing look at the innovative, strange comic Andy Kaufman (Jim Carrey) and his trailblazing style that was greeted with a fair dose of confusion initially, before he became a huge hit given his original, if incredibly strange material. Carrey has never been better than he is here, with a brilliant, incredibly well realized performance that screams "Oscar!". This is one of those films that gets elevated by a special, truly unique performance. The movie does tend to flounder here and there, but right when it looks like it might turn into something utterly dull, Carrey rescues it. The direction is a little choppy and unfocused, but this movie deserves a look simply due to a remarkable turn from one of the best comedic actors out there (when he wants to be, at least).

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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