Cyrus (2010)


Critic Consensus: While it may strike some viewers as slight, Cyrus is a successful hybrid of mainstream production values and the mumblecore ideals of directors Jay and Mark Duplass.


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Directed by mumblecore stalwarts Jay and Mark Duplass, Cyrus stars John C. Reilly as John, a middle-aged lonely divorced guy who, as the film opens, gets dragged to a party by his remarried ex-wife (Catherine Keener) -- who remains his best friend. After a few clumsy, drunken passes at a variety of women, John encounters Molly (Marisa Tomei), an attractive single-mom who finds John's social awkwardness appealing. They hit it off, and quickly begin a tender new relationship. Problems soon arise in the form of Cyrus (Jonah Hill), Molly's twentysomething son, who has an off-puttingly close relationship to his mom. Soon the jealous Cyrus sets about trying to break them up, and John must figure out how to deal with this unhinged and unexpected rival.

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Critic Reviews for Cyrus

All Critics (154) | Top Critics (42)

Instead of all-out family farce, this goes for naturalistic acting and wry observation, and doesn't quite give us enough of anything.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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Simply by treating these characters as real, with all the uncertainty, emotional baggage and bad decisions that entails, the Duplasses expertly expose the hypocrisy of the airbrushed all-American ideal.

Sep 8, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even at its most troubling, Cyrus is powered by a deep vein of humanism, one that offers hope to even the weirdest among us.

Jul 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cyrus is not the jokey, polished production you would expect from its Hollywood cast and LA setting, but audiences who are comfortable with discomfort should find it "funny."

Jul 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Cyrus sounds like the sort of comedy in which people end up dropping buckets of paint on each other's heads, but the Duplasses treat the characters and their dilemma with utmost seriousness, a technique that gives the movie its uncomfortably comic vibe.

Jul 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Nobody can play beaten and amusing better than Reilly, and no one is better at playing broken, accessible beauty than Tomei.

Jul 7, 2010 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Cyrus


First Review of 2012 "Cyrus": The fantastic ensemble really give off the feeling that they genuinely are a disfunctional family because of amazing chemistry with eachother and still manage to bring some laughs with it. The Duplas' have created a smart and believable movie with a simple yet entertaining central idea.

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Sneaky funny. John C. Reilly delivers as usual, Jonah Hill is a hilarious creep.

Joseph Brightly
Joseph Brightly

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The Duplass Brothers, show a good film with a good screenplay and direction. A unexpected film, funny and entertaining. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Not what I expected (I mean you see John C Reilly and Jonah Hill on a DVD cover you kind of expect a comedy), and while this was funny in a black way, it was not the type of funny you would necessarily expect. This was quite a twisted little story about what happens when you date a woman who is too close to her adult son. Marisa Tomei and Jonah Hill are kind of creepy in the inappropriate closeness they share (even an implied shared shower), but she's attractive and he seems friendly, so it's put down to quirkiness. Soon turns out the son is quite disturbed... Nicely acted movie, I enjoyed it, and there were a few laughs, though it was a more serious topic than I anticipated. Don't watch it looking for laughs, but if you like something a little deeper and out of the normal, this could be for you.

Nicki Marie
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