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The Majestic Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 21, 2002
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 22, 2002
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 25, 2001
Marks a steep downturn in Jim Carrey's career.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 21, 2001
It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 21, 2001
Well-intentioned, but nearly every scene feels dragged out.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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.
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Bob Graham
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 21, 2001
I never thought I'd say anything like this, but it makes you long for Ace Ventura.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 21, 2001
A bloated Capra-esque fable that stubbornly refuses to come to life.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
December 21, 2001
[Darabont] makes us care about the characters and their dilemmas; he's made this old-fashioned tale vital and engaging.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 21, 2001
Even for those to whom rank cynicism comes hard, The Majestic must seem hopelessly derivative, contrived, manipulative and, finally, insulting.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 21, 2001
The ghost of Frank Capra haunts the movie so fiercely, audiences may pray for an exorcist.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
December 21, 2001
A sweet, visually handsome sermon, but it's too dramatically bland to convert even the converted.
| Original Score: 2/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 21, 2001
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
December 21, 2001
One of those movies that makes you feel as if the national IQ was dropping while you're watching it.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 20, 2001
Lazy, heavy-handed nostalgia.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2001
A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 20, 2001
Two hours of tedium followed by an additional 30 minutes of preaching.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 20, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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December 20, 2001
Ultimately, this movie is so sappy, every maple tree in the country will be green with envy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 20, 2001
It's a picture that gets past all your defenses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 18, 2001
I thought it could have been a little tighter, but I am recommending it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 16, 2001
A celluloid fantasy that breathes no life it doesn't borrow from other movies.