The Professor Reviews

June 25, 2019
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 17, 2019
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 7, 2019
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.
May 30, 2019
An off-season ditty for Johnny Depp, this short story of a short life gives Depp the time to do a short performance.
May 28, 2019
None of the relationships ... register as more than surface level drivel.
May 24, 2019
A spectacularly ill-timed movie. Feels like it was inspired by the writings of Jordan Peterson at times.
May 17, 2019
Poof! No doubt this movie will disappear quickly before our very eyes.
May 17, 2019
The movie frequently makes no sense from a purely human perspective... and it becomes increasingly annoying as the story rolls on.
May 17, 2019
[The Professor] is more subservient to feel-good cliches than its too-cool-for-school veneer indicates.
May 17, 2019
The biggest problem with The Professor is one of casting.
May 16, 2019
Though Roberts' screenplay draws attention to its structure with frequent chapter headings, it plays like a work that has been victimized by too many editors, each trying to achieve something different.
May 16, 2019
Depp's turbocharged archness is basically the whole show. The actor appears as out of whits to give as the man he's playing, with little interest in enunciating clearly or hiding his self-regard.
May 15, 2019
Most of the emotion doesn't track as clearly as it should, periodically inspiring Depp to manufacture his own version of the movie with expected exaggeration.
May 15, 2019
This may be the most well-suited role yet for the Depp of today: Perma-sloshed, on a tear to insult everyone around him and particularly enraged by anything he suspects of having a whiff of emasculation.
May 14, 2019
I can't ever recall truly hating a Depp leading man performance. But this comes close.
May 14, 2019
This dramedy wastes its entire female cast, while waiting too long to try to find any meaning in Richard's situation. A little bit of Depp behaving badly goes a long way.
May 13, 2019
The film goes down easy because it saves the self-improvement clichés for the homestretch.
October 17, 2018
After of 90 anodyne minutes of competent but uninspired filmmaking, Richard finally does say goodbye, and it's hard to suppress an internal response of "what, you're still here?"
October 6, 2018
This film is an easy target for being misintepreted by those with an axe to grind in the "me too" era; a sadder truth is that its clumsy approach was most likely unintentional.
Top Critic
October 6, 2018
The character's misogyny seems to have bled into the screenplay: Women, be they loveless middle-aged shrews or guileless ingenues, exist here solely to prompt and inspire our downtrodden hero's cathartic disobedience.