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Being John Malkovich Reviews

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Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
Premises don't come packaged more cleverly than this one. Stellar cast, eclectic story and a peculiar concept render this an imaginative albeit uneven two hours of unusual movie entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
I highly recommend being John Malkovich. And if you can't do it, at least see the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Being John Malkovich is one head-trip of a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
It's clever, witty, dark and, most importantly, unwaveringly bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ben De Haan
October 30, 2002
Jonze's style s in his own inventive manner and, whilst the subject matter is certainly off-the-wall, the dialogue is spot on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
What it leaves behind is a dizzying sense of exhilaration, like being bathed in champagne.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 11, 2002
Wonderful and inspired weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Defies all expectations. It touches you in places you didn't think a film could reach. It's everything at once, thoughts, feelings, urges... But it is not total confusion. It does make sense. A lot. And it's hysterically funny, too!
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's tremendously entertaining, and probably worthy of repeat viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
São poucas, as vezes em que podemos realmente dizer 'Nunca vi algo assim!'. Este filme consegue se encaixar nesta rara descrição.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 8, 2002
Gender and relationships shift and merge and re-form like blobs of goo in a lava lamp… a profoundly anti-human fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: F
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Everyone in this clever, funny film seems to be having a great time, and so do we.
| Original Score: B
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Jonze is a blithe puppeteer himself, and his canny self-referentiality is nonetheless ingenuous, though at times he gets a little too cute and frivolous for his own good.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Wonderfully inventive, wickedly funny, and thoughtful enough to keep your mind on full alert, it's a square peg in the round world of genre films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
March 8, 2002
Loses momentum tacking on countless plot twists that, while unpredictable, are tiresome and obnoxious.
Full Review | Original Score: short
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
An Alice-in-Wonderland extravaganza about the yearning we all have , occaisionally, to be someone else.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
There was a scene in Being John Malkovich that ranks as the funniest scene I have ever, well, seen, in a movie. That would be when John Malkovich goes through the portal into his own mind. I laughed so hard that I fell out of my chair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
The filmmakers are stoned on weirdness for its own sake, which is the danger of becoming too enthralled by the freewheeling ethos of the '60s.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
A hilarious and beguiling comedy-adventure-mystery-romance hybrid. And it's not just the jaw-dropping oddity of the thing that makes it work; the film has a wonderfully involving -- and even moving -- storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 17, 2001
Ribald Kafkaesque romp Being John Malkovich contemplates the nature of sexual identity and celebrity with a surrealist shtick that owes plenty to Buñuel and Svankmajer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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