This Must Be The Place Reviews

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August 6, 2019
A film that manages to give us a humorous and amusing performance from Penn, who dominates every frame, but resists blending successfully with the rest of the narrative.
January 4, 2019
This Must Be the Place is somehow simultaneously heavy and light-hearted; the comic element barely there yet tangible, the starker elements significant, though not excessively dwelt upon.
December 14, 2018
In a world where the useful, the functional has a place, the opposite of what is known as it, is implausible; leftover That's the state of Cheyenne. A film about nothing but meanings. [Full review in Spanish]
May 21, 2018
It's a beguilingly strange, distancing, even discombobulating venture, at times gently lyrical, at others nightmarish.
June 28, 2013
The conceit of showing a pop-culture figure's life out of the limelight is beyond hackneyed, but the film's incongruous visual splendor and Penn's all-or-nothing commitment keep Sorrentino's unabashed folly afloat for a while.
June 20, 2013
Sorrentino's aggressively life-affirming movie has wormed its way into the hearts of a surprising number of usually sensible, discerning critics.
January 11, 2013
As oddly magnetic as Sean Penn's performance is, the film seems more preoccupied with being quirky and puzzling than with telling a cohesive, satisfying story.
January 4, 2013
"It would take a week mucking out a pork pie factory to acclimatise for a hamfest as nauseating as this."
December 28, 2012
Penn's Cheyenne is endearing and ultimately a little bit heartbreaking.
November 22, 2012
... a fascinating character study that goes beyond simple quirks and mannerisms.
November 21, 2012
Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.
November 16, 2012
Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.
November 16, 2012
Hits some wild notes but never quite finds its niche
November 16, 2012
Sean Penn performs another one of his amazing transmogrification acts as the rock star Cheyenne in This Must Be the Place.
November 15, 2012
Feels like a cult movie waiting to happen, or perhaps a mad experiment gone wrong. Either way, it's worth watching Penn, perhaps unwittingly, taking Jeff Spicoli to the burned-out end we might have guessed for him back at Ridgemont High.
November 15, 2012
The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.
November 15, 2012
Adjust to the Oscar winner's deadpan cartoon impersonation, and you may get on the wavelength of this quirkfest.
November 15, 2012
Immensely entertaining and occasionally very moving.
November 15, 2012
Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.
November 13, 2012
We begin to wonder why Penn even bothered with such a flimsy project in the first place. Let's not stop here very long.
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