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The Cable Guy Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 25, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
As it is, themovie goes in one direction and the cable guy goes in another, and by the end we aren't really looking forward to seeing Jim Carrey reappear on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Basically, it's not a whole lot of fun. There's no one to identify with -- Carrey's Cable Guy is a stalker, and Matthew Broderick's Steven is bland to the point of near-invisibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
If I'd known beforehand that Ben Stiller directed The Cable Guy, I might have been more excited by the prospect of seeing it. And I'd have been all the more disappointed in the end.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A $20 million paycheck for this?
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Ben Stiller can't distill the darkness, slapstick and fantasy into a consistent directorial tone, but the leads' expert give-and-take make the movie far from unbearable.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 27, 2009
Aiming, perhaps, for a neat double helix of black humor and prankishness, they've ended up with a pretty ugly granny knot.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 19, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 2, 2005
Sure comedy isn't pretty all the time, but in 'The Cable Guy,' comedy is actually ugly. (published 6-14-96)
Full Review| Original Score: D+
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Leonard Klady
Variety
March 26, 2009
While some of its antic set pieces are genuinely funny, this fuzzy-focus outing is hopelessly disconnected and ultimately unsatisfying.
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
An experiement in comedy. Hit and miss, dark and disturbing, uncommercial, but aiming somewhere much deeper than Ace Ventura ever could.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 8, 2001
It looks like everybody is coasting on this one, hoping Carrey will bring home the bacon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Though this should have been an opportunity for Mr. Carrey to expand upon his runaway success and solidify long-term stardom, The Cable Guy instead offers the shocking sight of a volatile comic talent in free fall.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Stiller doesn't know where he wants the movie to go, and Broderick has nothing to do but look incredulous as Carrey wreaks havoc on his personal life.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Holtz's screenplay, though, wants to be Rosemary's Baby meets The Odd Couple. Unfortunately, there's not a strong enough blend of the thrills and chuckles in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A misguided attempt to extend [Carrey's] range by having him play someone who is demented and dangerous.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Much of it plays like a personal boob tube with Carrey trapped inside, determined to act his way out in a freak show of mugging. He's a disturbing mixture of psychopath and lonely soul. Here, as always, a little Carrey goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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