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Don Jon proves to be an amiable directing debut for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a vivacious showcase for his co-star, Scarlett Johansson. Read critic reviews

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New Jersey bartender Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) knows what's important: his friends, his family, his car, his church, his sexual conquests -- and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won't be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything.

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Rob Brown
Bobby
Nicholas Chartier
Executive Producer
Thomas Kloss
Cinematographer
Nathan Johnson
Original Music
Meghan C. Rogers
Production Design
Elizabeth Cummings
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Cindy Coburn
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All Critics (206) | Top Critics (68) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (43)

  • Despite a rather limiting viewpoint on porn and what constitutes healthy sexuality, Don Jon is an enjoyable and very funny deconstruction of the ways in which we objectify each other and ourselves.

    January 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Don Jon is breezy, provocative and definitely makes for an interesting discourse of sex and relationships. Check it out.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • As a simple and sweet coming-of-age story for the Jersey Shore generation, it's perfectly entertaining stuff.

    August 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • He's got a good ear for guy-talk dialogue, and a welcome sense of candor-he's putting some stuff out there about guys and porn. As a director, he's got a keen visual wit; the film has a fast, popping montage style that recalls early Aronofsky.

    June 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Thankfully, the women of the film are what save the movie, bringing something fresh to the table-for Jon, a chance at lasting love, and for us, some seasoned comic chops.

    February 14, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The entire movie seems to recalibrate and rebalance itself around [Moore], shifting convincingly into something more than a surface-heavy evocation of sterile on-screen onanism.

    November 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Don Jon

  • Mar 18, 2016
    I surprisingly liked this movie. I heard from my friends it was weird, and you know what it was but that's what made it a good move.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2015
    Bit torn on this one. I really didn't like the characters of either Jon or Barbara here (how did they make Scarlett look so harsh and unattractive while supposedly portraying her as the "hot" girl?!). Jon was just a meathead dumbass addicted to watching porn. Not much else to him. At least there was some growth to his character by the end. Julianne Moore is great and looks amazing for her age, but that was a hard relationship to swallow too. I don't know... It was something a bit different and it wasn't predictable, so full marks there. I'm glad I saw it. However, I don't think I would watch it again.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2015
    There's a lot to love in this dramedy from Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who starred, directed, and wrote this film. It has some really great performances from everyone involved: Tony Danza has never been more enjoyable to watch onscreen, Johansson is caustically hilarious, Moore is the best aspect of this entire film, and Gordon-Levitt actually gives a realistic performance as the sweaty, meat headed Jon. The main problem of the film is that it has a message that is belittled by its inclusion of relationship politics. If it was only about the problems, and pure humanity, of sex addicts (especially within communities full of these Jersey stereotypes) this film would be easy to love. The inclusion of a unique May-December relationship was especially inspired. On top of that the film tries to draw a line between the enjoyment of porn by guys, and the enjoyment of romantic comedies by women. This is a really strange, unclear connection that doesn't make much sense in the grander scheme of the film. That, and the relationship between Jon (Gordon-Levitt) and Barbara (Johansson) makes little sense to the rest of the narrative. Why it is included at all is a mystery. Is it a portrayal of women's expectations in general, or is it saying something about Jon's expectations when it comes to sex? It's a very strange narrative, and one that paints women as needy and pessimistic. This narrative is especially damaging when you look at the conclusion, which belittles sex addiction by having Jon end his addiction with free will. There have been better films that deal with this subject without getting everything absolutely wrong.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2014
    A Jersey Shore-esque rake with a fixation for porn falls for a local girl who almost matches his fantasies. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut should be praised for its style and for its strong performances by Gordon-Levitt himself and Scarlett Johansson. But it's sexual politics are as obvious as Jon Martello's biceps, and its heavy handed feminist message, while admirable, is pat and basic. There's nothing new sex and gender relations here even though I suspect Gordon-Levitt thinks otherwise. Overall, the film is only to be blamed for its lack of originality, not necessarily its execution.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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