I Love You Phillip Morris


I Love You Phillip Morris

Critics Consensus

This fact-based romantic comedy has its flaws, but they're mostly overcome by its consistently sweet, funny tone and one of the best performances of Jim Carrey's career.



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Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences -- which could well include a life sentence. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Jim Carrey
as Steven Russell
Ewan McGregor
as Phillip Morris
Antoni Corone
as Lindholm
Brennan Brown
as Birkheim
Marylouise Burke
as Barbara Bascombe
Dameon Clarke
as Houston Lawyer
Clay Chamberlin
as Cellmate Arnie
Morgana Shaw
as Steven's Mom
Joe Chrest
as Steven's Dad
John Kennon Kepper
as 9-Year Old Steven
Alyssa Tate
as Child Stepanie
Andrew Sensenig
as Screecher
David Stanford
as Paramedic
Bill Dykes
as Latino Man
Tony Bentley
as Racist Client
Donovan Guidry
as Moustached Man
Nicholas Alexander
as Steven's 11-Year Old Brother
Michael Beasley
as Release Officer
Sean Boyd
as Policeman
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Young Doctor
Ken Clement
as County Corrections Officer
David Dahlgren
as Physician
Michael Ducote
as SWAT Commander
Lela Edgar
as Blond Wife
J.D. Evermore
as Bossy Guard
Jon Eyez
as Second Prisoner
Evan Fitzpatrick
as Red-Haired Boy
Shane Fitzpatrick
as Little Girl
Shane Fuller
as Male Nurse
Jeff Galpin
as Lead Officer
James Garrity
as Night Guard
Leon Gisclair
as Little Boy
Douglas M. Griffin
as Steven's Attorney
Jessica Heap
as Secretary
Tim Hickey
as Blond Inmage
Keith Hudson
as Producer Manager
Aron Ten Eyck
as Policeman #2
Alexa Kuve
as Cherubic Secretary
Audrey Lynn
as Married Woman
Marc Macaulay
as Houston Cop
Reginald Mack
as Jail Guard
Danny Marin
as Infirmary Orderly
Sammi Jack Martincak
as 12-Year Old Stephanie
Anne McKenzie
as Facelift Wife
Thelma Medina
as Huge Nurse
Wendy Michaels
as Housewife
John Mourain
as Taxi Driver
Lance Nichols
as Houston Judge
Antonio Paone
as Cab Driver
Liann Pattison
as Mrs. Lindholm
Sherrie Peterson
as Female D.A.
Clyde Raymond
as Houston Doctor
Dane Rhodes
as Bald Prisoner
Johnny Rock
as New Cellmate
Archie Sampier
as Yard Guard
Andy Sims
as Corrections Officer
Deneen D. Tyler
as Caretaker
Jaymon Yates
as First Prisoner
Don Yesso
as Guard
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Critic Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (45)

  • The movie wants us to overlook its implausibility by insisting that it's all true. We believe it, we just don't care.

    Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.

    Mar 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Jim Carrey is the narrator... transforming what could have been a cliched con man comedy, generic Jim Carrey-character comedy or run-of-the-mill gay coming-out comedy into something smarter, sweeter and downright giddy.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Russell was a fascinating character and a real puzzle box; but the filmmakers have turned his life into a broad farce with one wocka-wocka gag after another.

    Jan 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • [The] elaborate cons may be fascinating, daring stuff, but the heart of the picture is the romantic relationship, which is squeezed out to the edges.

    Dec 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Yes, some familiar Carrey tactics are on display, but the star's performance has real heart - it's easily the best thing he has done since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    Dec 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

  • Jun 16, 2013
    Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's performances makes this film worth watching. This film and Pain and Gain are similar in that they are based on true stories that seem unbelievable that they happened. The problem with this story was that I felt that the style and structure of the film is off. It is a bit unfocused at times. The tone is also off, going from comedy to drama to comedy. I think Steven Soderbergh or Michel Goddrey could have done a better directing job. I thought the film Behind the Candlelabre was better than this one. I thought this film was better than Pain and Gain though. In a weird way, the film reminded me of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jim Carrey is amazing as Steve Russell. At times you are laughing with him and at times he makes you cry. He does an amazing acting job here. Ewan McGregor does a good job too. They have a great on screen chemistry together. I would say, that the film is worth checking out for Carrey and McGregor's performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2012
    Fresh, creative story.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2012
    One of the more underrated films in recent years, this was perhaps difficult for some people to embrace because of its homosexual themes. I was deeply moved by both leads and felt this was the third (at least) showcase of Jim Carrey's talent that was worthy of an Oscar nomination. This is an imperfect film with some very poignant moments, especially the last half hour. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it that much more compelling. This film was made in 2009 and sat on the shelf for more than a year due in part to the dilemma of how to market it. Unfortunate, and says something sad about how far we have yet to go with awareness and acceptance.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    Didn't expect much from this, but it was really entertaining.
    Shawn M Super Reviewer

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