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Don Jon Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 14, 2013
The naff accents and exaggerated mannerisms become very tiring over 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Odie Henderson
September 27, 2013
Hearing the star of "Who's the Boss?" drop about 500 f-bombs is one of the film's few pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Guy Lodge
November 15, 2013
There's little here to care for or about: what promises to be a friskier version of Shame winds up closer to a Very Special Episode of Jersey Shore.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 26, 2013
On page and screen, Gordon-Levitt mostly fails to transform his bulky title protagonist into a multi-dimensional figure. He belongs in the final 15 minutes of an SNL episode, not at the center of a full-sized comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Elise Nakhnikian
House Next Door
March 18, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first feature is an uneasy mix of broad comedy and earnest message-mongering that tries too hard at both to succeed at either one.
Simon Miraudo
February 10, 2014
Wondering what exactly is revealed as a cure to Don Jon's addiction? Why, good sex, of course! Thanks, geniuses!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
September 27, 2013
I wish Gordon-Levitt had done a lot more with this material. There was definitely potential there. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 26, 2013
The final moments hint at beauty and grace in Jon's new relationship, but for the movie, it's already too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
November 13, 2013
The work of a young director reaching to impress without having fully formed ideas ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2013
An overheated disquisition on the pleasures and limitations of masturbation.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
September 11, 2013
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon, does for porn-dependence what Shame did for sex addiction by offering a surface-level look at the effects of its specific pathology on its lead male character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kirk Honeycutt
September 25, 2013
In his writing-directing debut, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt fails to identify a purpose that might bring audiences into his passion project.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Tim Grierson
Screen International
August 13, 2013
Much like its main character, this comedy is good-hearted, a bit clumsy, endearing, and incredibly rough around the edges.
Robert Levin
September 26, 2013
It's never boring, but the film plays like a thesis on the modern condition more than a genuine depiction of a romantic relationship.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 14, 2013
These are caricatures rather than characters, and neither Levitt nor Moore ever quite lock step with the film's snappy sitcom tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Silver
September 27, 2013
Funny at times and touches on some interesting issues. But the Jersey caricature is so embarrassing that it ultimately sinks the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 24, 2013
Crude, repetitive and rigorously single-minded, the popular actor's writing and directing debut lays it all on a bit thick, as the few points the film has to make are underscored time and time again.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 14, 2013
Starts mischievous and moves into maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
September 26, 2013
The sound of one hand clasping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
September 27, 2013
When you look past Don Jon as Gordon-Levitt's movie cotillion, it's a painfully superficial and paint-by-numbers story that offers very little character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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