Jimmy P.

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Jimmy P. has interesting ideas and talented stars, but director Arnaud Desplechin can't seem to figure out how to bring them together.

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In late 1940s Kansas, a gifted analyst (Mathieu Amalric) takes the case of a Native American war veteran (Benicio Del Toro) whose blackouts and blinding headaches appear to have no physical cause.

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Critic Reviews for Jimmy P.

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (16)

  • This intelligent movie becomes a gentle reproof of prejudice and ignorance, and I wish I could find some excitement in it.

    September 22, 2014 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made.

    March 7, 2014 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense.

    March 6, 2014 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground.

    February 28, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.

    February 14, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film.

    February 13, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jimmy P.

  • Jul 08, 2014
    Slightly mentally non-decolonized. Good Film! A worthwhile film but a little odd insofar as it under emphasizes the ethnocultural forces in the characters in favor of a "special friendship" (in a universalized way) despite the fact that it is the decultured nature of American psychiatry which was at the root of doctors' inability to help Jimmy in the first place. Also couldn't stand the way a couple of actors who think that acting means being as anxious and/or intense as possible in every scene. Jimmy P is enlightening about the psychic damage that happens when cultural and ethnic peoples are punished for who they are and made to ape other cultures to become accepted. A Native American Veteran suffering from a series of psychological issues develops a deeply powerful friendship with his progressive French psychoanalyst as they discover and attempt to understand the source of his illness.
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