The Number 23 Reviews

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July 9, 2007
For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up.
April 27, 2007
This thriller's biggest mistake is its belief that it's as clever and original as it is visually stylish.
March 13, 2007
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 3, 2007
It just adds up to sheer ineptitude.
February 24, 2007
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 23, 2007
The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey.
February 23, 2007
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
The author's obsession with the number 23 becomes Walter's, and we're treated to a lot of examples of numbers that add up to 23, which means a lot of scenes in which people say things like, 'What's 14 plus 9? 23!' and look haunted.
February 23, 2007
Carrey owns this movie. He's in virtually every scene, and there's no taking one's eyes from him.
February 23, 2007
Pages turn, knives plunge, rain patters and the camera rarely holds steady. No amount of quick cuts and twitchy shots, however, can compensate for the lack of narrative momentum.
February 23, 2007
The main test of a twisty thriller is, would you watch it again? You won't, because the solution turns out to be both uncomplicated and cliché.
February 23, 2007
Though students of formulaic screenwriting may figure this mystery out long before Walter does, there won't be much satisfaction in it because it is totally preposterous.
February 23, 2007
How do we loathe thee, The Number 23? Let us count the ways.
February 23, 2007
If nothing else -- and, trust me, there ain't much else -- the title has a satisfying ring of candour. Yep, The Number 23 is all about the number 23.
February 23, 2007
Charlie Chaplin did not star in The Wolfman. Jerry Lewis did not attempt Hamlet. Jonathan Winters never appeared in Death of a Salesman. Thank heavens.
February 23, 2007
Director Joel Schumacher never knows when enough is enough.
February 23, 2007
The major mistake Carrey made was agreeing to do the movie in the first place.
February 23, 2007
Newcomer Fernley Phillips' screenplay eventually binds itself into too tight a knot. But it also has some admirable ambitions about family, responsibility, memory.
February 23, 2007
A thriller like this needs to pack a lot of firepower on the backend. Unfortunately, all we get is a weak, much-anticipated little pop.
February 23, 2007
The only fright in the nominal thriller The Number 23 is how shaggy, gaunt, and wiped out Jim Carrey looks.
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