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Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing. Read critic reviews

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A man's (Jim Carrey) discovery of an obscure book about the number 23 leads him on a descent into darkness. As he becomes more obsessed with its contents, he becomes more convinced that it is, in fact, based on his life. To his horror, he discovers grave consequences in store for the book's main character.

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Jim Carrey
Walter Sparrow, Fingerling
Virginia Madsen
Agatha Sparrow, Fabrizia
Logan Lerman
Robin Sparrow
Danny Huston
Isaac French, Dr. Miles Phoenix
Rhona Mitra
Laura Tollins
Patricia Belcher
Dr. Alice Mortimer
Paul Butcher
Young Walterl, Young Fingerling
Tom Lenk
Bookstore clerk
Richard Brener
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Mike Drake
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Toby Emmerich
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Keith Goldberg
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Brooklyn Weaver
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  • Nov 25, 2015
    Jim Carrey in a thriller about having an obsession with a number doesn't sound great and most critics thought that but I didn't think it was that bad it was a very hard film to watch as most of the time you're trying to keep up with the plot and adding those bloody numbers up to 23 you start to feel obsessed with 23 yourself, The film has a great plot some nice twists some were predictable and the ending should of been better but it kept me guessing how it's all connected and Jim Carrey does well in adding to the suspense and I think it deserved more credit than it got, It's a movie you can only watch once but it's also a movie that is worth watching the once.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2015
    It was difficult to tell if the Number 23 was an intentional joke or no. After the first hour I thought it was intentional spoof of the genre and came off as odd, but mildly interesting on account of the oddness. Then the film appears to become more serious as a mystery / thriller before making a strange turn at the end. If it was some intended cleverness, it was too clever for me, and if not then it was not clever enough.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2015
    An eerie concept with an incoherent and selective script. The Number 23 is a flat, discombobulated thriller with Jim Carrey at his lowest. The film's hysteria with the number and twist (which was the only plus) is more-so annoying as it is frightening. 1/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2013
    A well-crafted psychological thriller, The Number 23 is subtle in its intrigue and powerful in its story. After Walter Sparrow receives a used book titled "The Number 23" for his birthday, he becomes obsessed and comes to believe that the book has a secret code in it and that it's trying to tell him something. The casting is quite good, and features Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Rhona Mitra; Carrey in particular gives an especially impressive performance. And, Joel Schumacher does an excellent job at creating a dark noir visual style that has a sense of foreboding and mystery. Still, there are some weaknesses in the storytelling; as the plot gets a little convoluted and attempts one too many twists. Though it has some problems, The Number 23 is a compelling and provocative film.
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