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I Love You Phillip Morris Reviews

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 4, 2011
This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 31, 2011
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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 4, 2011
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.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 23, 2010
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 17, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 16, 2010
A delirious comedy that remains on track largely thanks to Jim Carrey's goofy but grounded performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 16, 2010
It's satire, but not quite funny enough; a love story, but not quite sincere enough.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 10, 2010
The romance between them is touching at its best moments, corny at its worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 10, 2010
It finds the humor in an unlikely love story, and it resists any temptation to play it straight.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
December 10, 2010
Carrey is truly great in one of those rare risky roles that prove he can do more than pull faces, although the frank portrayal of an alpha male who is also "gay, gay, gay, gay, gay" is sure to make some percentage of his fan base squirm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 10, 2010
Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of I Love You Phillip Morris is its inability to maintain the high level at which it begins -- a withering lampoon of wholesome, middle class values.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 10, 2010
There's plenty to scratch your head about here. Is it a drama? A comedy? And if it's a farce, what's it making fun of?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 9, 2010
This isn't great farce, but it's more than good enough. And Carrey is more than good enough in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 9, 2010
Carrey makes the role seem effortless; he deceives as spontaneously as others breathe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 8, 2010
At best, I Love You Phillip Morris may be hailed as a necessary step in Hollywood's fearful crawl toward sexual evenhandedness; the film upholds the constitutional right of every gay man to be as much of a liar, a crook, and a creep as the rest of us.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 6, 2010
Phillip Morris isn't a perfect movie by any means, but it's irresistibly self-assured in its weirdness.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2010
The movie, at its best, is compellingly odd, which is also the most accurate description of Carrey's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 3, 2010
With his manic glare, ferociously eager smile, hyperkinetic body language and talent for instant self-transformation, Mr. Carrey has rarely been more charismatic on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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December 3, 2010
[Both] stars prove to be enormous fun in a gay love story played straight in a thoroughly crooked context -a comic crooked context, mind you...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 3, 2010
Such an endearing oddity that you have to wonder exactly for whom it was made. But I'm glad they did nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 3, 2010
"I Love You Phillip Morris" not only blasts gay stereotypes back decades, it could actually make people wish for a third Ace Ventura movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 2, 2010
Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who wrote the wickedly hilarious Bad Santa, assume a mocking tone that falls flat. They aspire for a cleverly offbeat vibe, but it feels forced and calculated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 2, 2010
There's never been a movie like this one. That's not to say it's all good or all bad, though it's never indifferent.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2010
Though Carrey seems to be giving his heart to Steven's romance with Phillip, and pouring a lot of sweat equity into very vigorous sex, he never gets beyond his Jim Carrey-ness to let us discover the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 2, 2010
The movie, written and directed by John Requa and Glen Ficara of Bad Santa fame, is all over the place. But it's also outrageously funny.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 2, 2010
This is Catch Me If You Can with two middle fingers raised in the air.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 1, 2010
Carrey and McGregor are awfully cute together. One of the great strengths of I Love You Phillip Morris is the matter-of-fact way it handles their relationship.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 1, 2010
It sustains a tone of compassionate hilarity in which oversize romantic gestures coexist with gigantic scams.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 1, 2010
Mr. Carrey has balls of brass, but seeing him dressed flamboyantly in fish-net bikinis and high-heel Nancy Sinatra boots is an experience I hope never to repeat again in this lifetime.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
December 1, 2010
Carrey and McGregor are both excellent at plumbing the depths of their intentionally broad characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 30, 2010
Carrey finds the perfect outlet for his manic energy: Id and libido are fused, with Steven driven by actual lust and the unwavering -- and completely believable - determination to provide for his fragile boyfriend.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 6, 2010
It's like a Coen brothers movie, if Joel and Ethan did a ton of crank and decided to flush story structure down the crapper.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 19, 2010
Loved the chutzpah, but the heart and the funny bone are left relatively untroubled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
Variety
May 19, 2009
Less of a comedy than a hilarious tragedy.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
May 19, 2009
Story and style are all over the place, rendering it somewhat inaccessible. Admittedly, the whole film is in a bit of an aesthetic dither, which will confound many viewers.