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I Heart Huckabees Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This feverish state-of-the-split-nation address finds Russell tossing everything that matters -- and more -- into the pot, and producing a pretty indigestible and very messy stew.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 22, 2004
A rewarding- frustrating smart-silly comedy of pretentious- modest ambitions.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 15, 2004
Russell is obviously working out his considerable angst ... but in an admirable attempt to opt for a manic, stream of consciousness energy, he ends up annoying his audience instead.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 15, 2004
So willfully, smugly eccentric that it grows tiresome rather quickly.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 15, 2004
Adventurous, challenging and filled with small moments of delight. Unfortunately, it's also self-indulgent, repetitious and the sort of movie you wish was great but isn't.
| Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 15, 2004
You have to give everyone involved credit for mounting a joke that, if not of Dadaist proportions, should prove pretty funny to everyone except the rubes who wander in expecting to see something they can comprehend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 15, 2004
In a way, the movie is about everything and nothing, but its real problem has less to do with its philosophical ambition than with its scattered, half-digested musings.
| Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 15, 2004
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, meaningful world, indeed.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 14, 2004
It is difficult for me to describe how sweet and buoyant I found the film, despite its seemingly excessive stylization.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 14, 2004
Along with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, it's the most playful, intelligent and original comedy of the year.
| Original Score: B+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
October 12, 2004
An ambitious but disjointed spoof of New Age quirks and quacks that attempts to simultaneously put down and lift up. But, despite the A-list ensemble, it accomplishes neither.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 8, 2004
There's ambition here, as well as a shaggy brilliance and a rare willingness on the part of a director to work out his questions in front of us, on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 8, 2004
Theirs is too painfully forced, from the movie's thin premise to its ideas about what's funny: Hoffman in a Beatles wig?
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
October 8, 2004
With razor-sharp performances, zingy one-liners, broad slapstick humor and a message of sorts, there's enough to distract the viewer from becoming hopelessly lost in the lint-filled chaos that is the umbilicus.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 8, 2004
It's like a screwball comedy written by the existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 8, 2004
I don't quite know what the point of it all was, but I do know that I enjoyed watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 8, 2004
It's simultaneously tightly ordered and awfully cluttered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 8, 2004
The movie is like an infernal machine that consumes all of the energy it generates, saving the last watt of current to turn itself off. It functions perfectly within its constraints, but it leaves the viewer out of the loop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 8, 2004
The trick of David O. Russell's splattery, overstuffed, and pretty wonderful Philosophy 101 farce is that it's also one of the sanest movies in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 7, 2004
Simultaneously scattered and thought-provoking, as if writer/director David O. Russell gathered up all his loose ideas and decided to pack them tightly into one movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 7, 2004
A head-scratcher.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 7, 2004
A heady, messy piece of existential angst that works against all odds.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 7, 2004
The movie is disjointed and pointless. But its biggest shortcoming is that it's not funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
October 7, 2004
It's filled with characters who, desperate to feel deep, want answers to life's big questions. And watching it, you, also desperate to feel deep, will want answers to big questions like, 'What's this all about?'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 6, 2004
Russell is hoping that the sheer volume of intellectual dither in this movie will propel audiences into the comedic stratosphere, but even astronauts know that there comes a time to touch down.
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 6, 2004
The real thing -- an authentic disaster -- but the picture is so odd that it should inspire, in at least a part of the audience, feelings of fervent loyalty.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 4, 2004
This is a wildly uneven farce that circles around and around and around, and finally runs out of energy.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 1, 2004
Sinks to new depths of incoherent pretentiousness.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 1, 2004
The movie purports to be a comic meditation on metaphysics, but it has no intellectual resonance and resembles nothing so much as a sendup of psychotherapy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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October 1, 2004
The movie fails, I'm convinced, because it approaches the problem philosophically instead of psychologically.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 1, 2004
Amid the pandemonium there's a sense of truly rigorous soul-searching.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 1, 2004
Russell wants us to care about these deeper meanings, but he can't lead us to see them for ourselves.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 1, 2004
The characters themselves barely exist, as do the supposedly deep thoughts the film is supposed to express.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 30, 2004
Russell is a true original. It's not in his DNA to play it safe. He's a rebel Pied Piper, and Huckabees is one more reason to follow him anywhere.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
September 30, 2004
The trip is a little too academic to reach its own heart.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 30, 2004
More craftily structured than it might seem amid all this ruckus, Huckabees is held together -- just -- by the very polarities it embraces.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 30, 2004
If it had the unwavering focus and clear-eyed vision of Russell's previous two features, I Heart Huckabees might have been brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2004
Schwartzman and Law are pitch-perfect in their roles as dueling poster boys for a transcendent existence versus a materially rich life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 30, 2004
David O. Russell's high-wire comedy captures liberal-left despair with astonishingly good humor: it's Fahrenheit 9/11 for the screwball set.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 30, 2004
I'll admit that a lot of people are going to describe it as a waste of time, yet there's a likeability to the quirky characters that held my interest while tickling my funny bone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2004
As a madcap comedy of existence, I Heart Huckabees is literally full of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2004
Every time it seems like it's going to move forward, its absurdist themes are instead rerun in a continual loop with steadily diminishing comedic returns.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 21, 2004
A sort of static whirligig -- too heavy to soar but too light to ever fall flat.
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David Rooney
Variety
September 13, 2004
Clever but distancing, this existential comedy bounces along on the backs of its tasty cast, witty writing and stylistic verve.