This Must Be The Place


This Must Be The Place (2012)


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Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. -- (C) Weinstein

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Sean Penn
as Cheyenne
Judd Hirsch
as Mordecai Midler
Harry Dean Stanton
as Robert Plath
Heinz Lieven
as Aloise Lange
Joyce Van Patten
as Dorothy Shore
David Byrne
as Himself
Olwen Fouéré
as Mary's Mother
Shea Whigham
as Ernie Ray
Liron Levo
as Richard
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All Critics (85) | Top Critics (24)

Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.

Nov 21, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.

Nov 16, 2012 | Full Review…

The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.

Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.

Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.

Nov 9, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.

Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for This Must Be The Place


A messy movie that throws many narrative elements together without any cohesion, drifting from odd character study to hunt-the-Nazi road-movie, and it is so rambling and disjointed in its structure that it feels pointless, with Sean Penn in an extremely annoying performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Inert and disappointing

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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A retired Goth pop star tracks down a Nazi who oppressed his deceased father. The script is a bit wonky, but Sean Penn has some great moments in a unique against-type role as the effeminate, tormented ex-rocker.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer


Meandering and episodic 'This Must Be The Place' is Italian born Paolo Sorrento's first foray into English language cinema and the result is interesting if inconsistent. Playing out as a coming of age/road movie hybrid the story charts aged goth Cheyenne's across America is search of a nazi war criminal responsible for humiliating his father. As Cheyenne's journey progresses it becomes more strange, indulging in quirkiness at the cost of story and somewhat isolating itself from the viewer. Tonally the film is inconsistent, with moments of comedy turning into those of drama in a jarring fashion. Despite its problems the film occasionally reaches the level of intrigue it strives for and Penn's Gothic performance is oddly endearing if a little tiresome.

Cameron Sherwell
Cameron Sherwell

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