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Benny & Joon Reviews

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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
Where the story does not work for me is on the contrivance and in the view of mental illness.
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
March 2, 2003
Johnny Depp is superb, but the rest of the movie doesn't hold water.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 26, 2006
It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy.
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.
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
[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.
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
July 25, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
Stellar performances highlight a tale of goofball affection.
| Original Score: 3/5
August 17, 2008
Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2002
Depp's portrayal of a Buster Keaton-ish type character is mesmerizing.
| Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
July 18, 2003
3.5
| Original Score: 3/5
January 20, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2003
One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical.
| Original Score: 4/5
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