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Benny & Joon Reviews

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James Berardinelli
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
Mark R. Leeper
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 2, 2003
Johnny Depp is superb, but the rest of the movie doesn't hold water.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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.
Michael Dequina
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 25, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Stellar performances highlight a tale of goofball affection.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
August 17, 2008
Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy
| Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 20, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
Leonard Klady
Movie City News
July 18, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
January 20, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
October 23, 2003
One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical.
| Original Score: 4/5
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