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The Majestic Reviews

January 3, 2002
Carrey gets the best role of his own career -- and plays it with tenderness, valor, bravery and deeply moving conviction. I find him positively captivating.
December 25, 2001
Marks a steep downturn in Jim Carrey's career.
December 21, 2001
Darabont and screenwriter Michael Sloane's misty-eyed tribute may be pleasant in places, but it's too manufactured and deliberate to be persuasive.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 21, 2001
It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/5
December 21, 2001
Mr. Carrey may go to both Washington and a version of Bedford Falls in The Majestic, but he is neither the Jefferson Smith nor George Bailey of Stewart's best-loved films.
December 21, 2001
Well-intentioned, but nearly every scene feels dragged out.
December 21, 2001
At 2 1/2 hours, this movie is about an hour too long, and this makes an obvious story obnoxious in the extreme.
December 21, 2001
I think Americans are in the mood today for a sentimental movie about their values, and, frankly, it's wonderful to see people get teary-eyed over the First Amendment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2001
I never thought I'd say anything like this, but it makes you long for Ace Ventura.
December 21, 2001
A bloated Capra-esque fable that stubbornly refuses to come to life.
December 21, 2001
[Darabont] makes us care about the characters and their dilemmas; he's made this old-fashioned tale vital and engaging.
December 21, 2001
This 2 1/2-hour celebration of small-town America, the magic of the movies and free speech is so broadly manipulative and simplistic, it risks giving all three of them a bad name.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2001
Even for those to whom rank cynicism comes hard, The Majestic must seem hopelessly derivative, contrived, manipulative and, finally, insulting.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 21, 2001
Even Capra would blanch, if he could stay awake, at Darabont's attempt to force-feed such hollow, phony and insincere sentimentality as infuses Majestic.
December 21, 2001
The ghost of Frank Capra haunts the movie so fiercely, audiences may pray for an exorcist.
December 21, 2001
It tells a full story with three acts, it introduces characters we get to know and care about, and it has something it passionately wants to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 21, 2001
A sweet, visually handsome sermon, but it's too dramatically bland to convert even the converted.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2001
One of those movies that makes you feel as if the national IQ was dropping while you're watching it.
December 20, 2001
Lazy, heavy-handed nostalgia.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 20, 2001
A derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 20, 2001
A treacly, synthetic and wildly overlong drama that aspires to Frank Capra-style uplift, but winds up suffocating you with its aura of bogus, store-bought nostalgia.
December 20, 2001
A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz.
December 20, 2001
Despite Carrey's best efforts and those of fetching newcomer Laurie Holden, Frank Darabont's film is an interminable, smothering tableau of Norman Rockwell pieties.
December 20, 2001
Two hours of tedium followed by an additional 30 minutes of preaching.
December 20, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 20, 2001
Ultimately, this movie is so sappy, every maple tree in the country will be green with envy.
December 20, 2001
It's a picture that gets past all your defenses.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 18, 2001
I thought it could have been a little tighter, but I am recommending it.
December 18, 2001
For those craving a large helping of nostalgia with a topping of crowd-pleasing patriotism, there are few choices better than The Majestic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 16, 2001
A celluloid fantasy that breathes no life it doesn't borrow from other movies.