The Cable Guy Reviews

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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.
April 12, 2002
Too often the movie ends up lost in the snow and static between two films fighting for the same bandwidth.
July 8, 2001
It looks like everybody is coasting on this one, hoping Carrey will bring home the bacon.
May 12, 2001
Carrey runs riot, and Stiller won't stop him.
February 14, 2001
A misguided attempt to extend [Carrey's] range by having him play someone who is demented and dangerous.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
A deeply conflicted film, part character-driven black comedy and part Carrey-run-amok goof-off, fitfully funny and often frustrating.
January 1, 2000
This is certainly Carrey's best movie, but that isn't saying a lot. He's toned down a bit here, given his typical shtick a funnier, darker makeover, and basically become more of an actor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000
An experiement in comedy. Hit and miss, dark and disturbing, uncommercial, but aiming somewhere much deeper than Ace Ventura ever could.
January 1, 2000
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