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Jimmy P. Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 6, 2014
Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense.
Tony Macklin
February 26, 2014
What grounds the film is the chemistry of the main performers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
February 21, 2014
In warming quite a lot to Jimmy P, it's possible that I've gravitated to what Desplechin's long-term admirers might regard as the wrong film.
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
February 20, 2014
The pain and sadness of Picard's life are perversely relegated to another time and place, one the film can only visit from the distance of his recollections. By the end, [Arnaud] Desplechin makes him known thoroughly, but not vividly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Matt Patches
IGN Movies
February 18, 2014
The fine lead performances by Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric are the highlights of the artfully crafted, fact-based drama Jimmy P., which tries (sometimes in vain) to make psychotherapy cinematically intriguing.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.7/10
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Matt Zoller Seitz
February 14, 2014
The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 13, 2014
[A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film.
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February 13, 2014
Jimmy P. tells the more-or-less-true story of two men's friendship and one man's recovery. Beneath that, though, is a meditation on exile and lost identity in which very different people share remarkably similar circumstances.
Matt Prigge
February 13, 2014
It's mysteriously interesting, almost a Rorschach Test, with little details sprinkled throughout that we may or may not catch. It's open to your interpretation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
T'Cha Dunlevy
Montreal Gazette
February 6, 2014
The French director overcomes melodramatic tendencies in the early part of the movie to settle into something more subtle and interesting -- the tête-à-tête between two excellent actors fully inhabiting their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 30, 2013
Focuses on the playing off of two actors in the developing of rapport and empathy between two very different human beings.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 29, 2013
A chronicle of the spiritual retrieval of a lost man's soul through the work of psychoanalyst/anthropologist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Grierson
Paste Magazine
May 29, 2013
While a clinical approach doesn't disqualify a movie from being riveting, the straightforward, unflashy style can sometimes be draggy rather than revelatory or engrossing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.2/10
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
May 23, 2013
Del Toro and Amalric's many analytic interactions come to feel like arias; Desplechin's films often have this intimately, unsettlingly operatic feel, as if the camera were recording a performance for proscenium at too close a range
Shaun Munro
Film School Rejects
May 21, 2013
A shakily uneven return for the director, entrenched in the more laborious, bone-dry methodology of its famous case study rather than probing the complex emotional state of the titular character.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
May 21, 2013
This is a superb, engrossing picture, strange in all the right ways, and one I long to see again.
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
May 18, 2013
At its heart a tale of redemption, played through a culture-clash dynamic as the French analyst and his patient build a relationship, and it's hard to resist the similarities with The King's Speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 22, 2014
This intelligent movie becomes a gentle reproof of prejudice and ignorance, and I wish I could find some excitement in it.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 7, 2014
Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 6, 2014
It may not always treat psychology with the sophistication it deserves, but it at least acknowledges that it's an imperfect method of personal understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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