The Professor

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A muddled story populated with thinly written characters and arranged around a misguided Johnny Depp performance, The Professor fails early and often.

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Richard (Johnny Depp), a buttoned-down college lecturer who, after learning he has six months to live, transforms into a rebellious party animal. To the shock of his wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) and school chancellor (Ron Livingston)--and the delight of his students--Richard leads a hilarious crusade against authority and hypocrisy in this dark comedy costarring Zoey Deutch.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (18)

  • Depp, sporting a distractingly foppish, unfurling-flag hairdo, commits to his character's tricky balancing act but over-relies on his signature rakishness to fully convince.

    June 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's American Beauty meets Dead Poets Society given a terminal-disease twist, and while not as scathing nor as inspirational as those films, The Professor happily mines laughs from the darkest of places.

    June 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Johnny Depp finds some emotional depth amid the eccentricities, but this muddled character study about a dying man's final days can't match his efforts.

    June 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An off-season ditty for Johnny Depp, this short story of a short life gives Depp the time to do a short performance.

    May 30, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • None of the relationships ... register as more than surface level drivel.

    May 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A spectacularly ill-timed movie. Feels like it was inspired by the writings of Jordan Peterson at times.

    May 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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