I'm Not There Reviews

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September 30, 2014
Since much of I'm Not There falls short in the lived moment, its individual threads don't lead back to Haynes's larger concerns.
August 27, 2009
Where is the defiant, sensuous expansiveness of Dylan's songs?
June 13, 2008
Abstract expressionism, paying tribute to its hero in a fashion every bit as enigmatic and chameleon-like as the man himself. Is it a faux-documentary? Is it a biographical drama? At times, it is both. In the end, we are left with an ambitious misfire.
April 16, 2008
Not particularly entertaining or enlightening, but it is slow-moving and long.
March 4, 2008
Director Todd Haynes takes an artistic leap, I just don't want to catch all of the finished product.
February 10, 2008
So self-aware and dull, you wonder what's the point of Haynes being experimental if his experiment doesn't yield something that's compelling or, at the very least, entertaining. Insight might have been a goal, but there's no insight here.
January 28, 2008
It doesn't strike me that this multi-metaphorical experiment succeeds in illuminating a soaring talent who keeps his private life private and has always denied the hungry press any hints about the meanings in his songs.
January 15, 2008
I'm Not There becomes another boomer ode to the cultural supremacy of the sixties.
January 4, 2008
There are those who will applaud what Haynes and his actors have accomplished, and I can understand its appeal on an intellectual level. But I am not a supporter of film without form or art without structure.
December 21, 2007
Not a lot of fun.
December 21, 2007
There are also some great performances from Heath Ledger, Christian Bale and, particularly, Blanchett. But director Todd Haynes works under the misapprehension that everyone who sees this film will have a detailed knowledge of Dylan.
November 30, 2007
How does it feeeel? Like a rolling shambles, much of it, and even a second viewing doesn't erase the sensation.
November 29, 2007
ponderous and self-absorbed
November 28, 2007
Alas, this isn't the first time that writer/director Haynes has created a film with a stunning conceit that never reels in its audience.
November 26, 2007
Empty, literal nostalgia...Haynes brings the detached cool, making his exercise in self-indulgent nostalgia safe for hipsters.
November 26, 2007
This audaciously imagined but ultimately surprisingly conventional not-quite-biopic insists on tethering Dylan to politics, to biography, to the 1960s, to 'relevance' and -- most damaging of all -- to nostalgia.
November 24, 2007
November 24, 2007
Ultimately, though, the question arises: why bother?
November 22, 2007
Despite its inventive setup, it lacks a coherent narrative.
November 21, 2007
Anyone can make a bad movie, but it takes a good filmmaker to make one as bad as I'm Not There.
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