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Benny & Joon Reviews

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July 18, 2011
Any film that features Johnny Depp performing salutes to the great silent comedians (and, in particular, Buster Keaton) deserves a little slack... [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2009
If the performances were as cute and sweet as the characters, the film would need a warning label. But Depp's Sam is delicately touching, a maladjusted waif with both soul and grit, and Masterson resists the temptation to soften Joon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2009
Things are kept on the right side of mawkish thanks largely to a graceful and understated performance from the ever-reliable Depp.
August 17, 2008
Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2006
As the outsider who courts the mentally ill Mary Stuart Masterson, Johnny Depp renders a startling performance that elevates the romantic fable way above its writing and directing shortcomings; look for the young Julianne Moore in a small part.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 26, 2006
It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy.
October 7, 2004
Great early Depp performance and Masterson is equally terrific
| Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2003
One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical.
| Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2003
The stars make it palatable, but it's too much contrived cuteness.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 18, 2003
3.5
| Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. Depp may look nothing like Buster Keaton, but there are times when he genuinely seems to become the Great Stone Face, bringing Keaton's mannerisms sweetly and magically to life.
March 2, 2003
Johnny Depp is superb, but the rest of the movie doesn't hold water.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 4, 2002
Depp's portrayal of a Buster Keaton-ish type character is mesmerizing.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 25, 2002
Stellar performances highlight a tale of goofball affection.
| Original Score: 3/5
January 9, 2002
Awful as it sounds, the movie actually achieves a few poignant moments once it stops straining for eccentric charm.
May 12, 2001
The cast is defeated by a cloying Barry Berman script that Jeremiah Chechik directs with the same flair for the obvious he brought to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
January 1, 2000
Benny & Joon tries to get by on quirkiness alone, and, while something this offbeat frequently carries a unique kind of appeal, it needs stronger characters than Sam and Joon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
The movie suggests that love and magic can overcome madness, and for at least the length of the film I was prepared to accept that. Much of the credit for that goes to Depp...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Riddled with insufferably contrived zaniness ... it deals as deeply with mental illness as The Sound of Music explored the genocidal advance of the Third Reich.
January 1, 2000
[Chechik] has crafted Benny & Joon not as a seamless whole but as a tumble of scenes. Unfortunately, too many of them are inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd or Buster Keaton, and they seem to spill from the screen like Bozos from a kiddie car.
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