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The Number 23 (2007)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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A mysterious novel, "The Number 23," given to Walter Sparrow by his wife Agatha as a birthday gift, depicts a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror Walter's life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of the book's main character, a brooding detective named Fingerling, is filled with moments that echo Walter's own history. As the world of the book starts to come alive, Walter becomes infected by the most frightening and evocative part of it: Fingerling's obsession with the hidden power of the number 23. This obsession permeates the book and begins to control Walter. He sees the number everywhere in his own life and becomes convinced that he is damned to commit the same horrific crime as Fingerling--murder. Nightmarish fantasies come to haunt Walter, ones that portend terrible fates for his wife as well as family friend Isaac French, placing him on a desperate quest to understand the mysteries of the book. If he can unlock the power behind the number 23, he may be able to change his future.

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Cast

Jim Carrey
as Walter Sparrow/Det. Fingerling
Virginia Madsen
as Agatha Sparrow/Fabrizia
John Fink
as Walter's Father/Fingerling's Father
Danny Huston
as Dr. Isaac French/Dr. Miles Phoenix
Mark Pellegrino
as Kyle Finch
Patricia Belcher
as Dr. Alice Mortimer
Paul Butcher
as Young Fingerling/Young Walter
David Stifel
as Hotel Clerk
Corey Stoll
as Sgt. Burns
Ed Lauter
as Father Sebastian
Troy Kotsur
as Barnaby
Logan Lerman
as Robin Sparrow
Julie Remala
as Mail Clerk
Rhona Mitra
as Laura Tollins
Lynn Collins
as Suicide Blonde/Mrs. Dobkins/Fingerling's Mother
Walter Soo Hoo
as Chinese Restaurant Owner
Rudolph Willrich
as Dr. Nathaniel
Bob Zmuda
as Desk Clerk
Ka'ramuu Kush
as Fingerling's Sergeant
Maile Flanagan
as Charades Friend
Tom Lenk
as Bookstore Salesperson
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Critic Reviews for The Number 23

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (44)

For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up.

July 9, 2007 | Full Review…
CNN.com
Top Critic

Pretty much every important date in history...can be teased to fit the pattern. What can't be hammered out of this fixation, apparently, is a coherent movie.

March 13, 2007 | Full Review…
Film.com
Top Critic

It just adds up to sheer ineptitude.

March 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Watching Carrey babble gibberish about the sinister nature of 23 in scene after hyperventilating scene isn't any more fun or enlightening than listening to street-corner lunatics discourse on similar topics.

February 24, 2007 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
AV Club
Top Critic

The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey.

February 23, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5
New York Times
Top Critic

Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times. Charles Manson was born Nov. 12 (11 + 12 = 23). The Mayans believed the world would end on Dec. 23, 2012 (20 + 1 + 2 = 23). My brother stole my pogo stick when I was 23 and broke it into 23 pieces.

February 23, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for The Number 23

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 Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

½

What was meant was a dark, scary, paronoid wink at the audience becomes weak, predictable and hokey by the credits. Only for those days at the bottom of your vid rentals.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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