Being John Malkovich Reviews
September 10, 2020
The very meta tale stars and is about thespian and sometime Cambridge resident John Malkovich and the puppeteer (John Cusack) who discovers a portal into his brain.
June 9, 2020
The intense invention and creativity at work in this extraordinary movie is overwhelming.
August 30, 2019
Kaufman and Jonze steer us through a truly twisted psychological and existential swamp.
April 30, 2019
For two hours, it works like the best music videos: making high-concept philosophies graspable, marvelous and fun.
April 13, 2019
What could have developed into a one-gag film becomes a gender-bending extravaganza with a crazy network of love triangles... The real magic of Being John Malkovich is that it never fails to surprise.
March 26, 2019
Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's hallucinatory meditation on human embodiment, celebrity, and, uh, John Malkovich remains the ultimate marriage of '90s music-video aesthetics and absurdist narrative storytelling.
March 25, 2019
Accept that even Jonze and Kaufman will most likely never provide a worthy substitute to Being John Malkovich themselves. It's awfully hard, even 20 years later, to find a movie even half as bizarre that was also even half as successful.
June 12, 2018
Fabulously funny and delightfully disturbed, "Being John Malkovich'' is the ultimate voyeur movie, a dark and at times malevolent take on what it's like to be in someone else's skull, looking out.
March 22, 2018
The beauty of the film is the way it elevates John Malkovich from an actor to an axiom.
November 27, 2017
It's a film, indeed, of such jaw-dropping originality that its flaws -- and it definitely has some -- count for far less than they otherwise would.
September 11, 2017
Though Being John Malkovich was deliciously original and delivers an underrated performance by John Cusack, the ending was a bit disappointing.
February 7, 2014
There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips.
June 18, 2012
An incredibly rich and entertaining (not to say, laudably malevolent) film that far transcends its already way-out title premise ...
June 14, 2012
Playing by its own rules every step of the way, Being John Malkovich is clearly the sort of movie that needs to be made more often.
April 3, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Corollaries of desire break through dead-end walls only to be reinvented on the other side in a supernatural spectrum of practical existence. Go figure.
December 18, 2010
Kids won't get this sex-driven, head-trip comedy.