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Benny & Joon Reviews

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Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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

TV Guide
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.
Clint Morris
August 17, 2008
Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
January 20, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 7, 2004
Great early Depp performance and Masterson is equally terrific
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
October 23, 2003
One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 4, 2003
The stars make it palatable, but it's too much contrived cuteness.
| Original Score: 3/5
Leonard Klady
Movie City News
July 18, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
October 4, 2002
Depp's portrayal of a Buster Keaton-ish type character is mesmerizing.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Stellar performances highlight a tale of goofball affection.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 25, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Awful as it sounds, the movie actually achieves a few poignant moments once it stops straining for eccentric charm.
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