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This Must Be The Place Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 21, 2012
Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2012
Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 15, 2012
The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 15, 2012
Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 9, 2012
If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 8, 2012
The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 8, 2012
In the end, "This Must Be the Place" isn't just bad. It's inappropriate.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 8, 2012
With its overbearing eccentricity, rib-nudging irony and confusion of tones, everything in the film is either underdeveloped or overstated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 8, 2012
This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2012
This Must Be the Place gives Penn a chance to vamp and camp in ways that are sometimes touching and mostly annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 2, 2012
Sean Penn as an ex-rock-star Nazi hunter feels like a lot to swallow. It is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 2, 2012
Sean Penn has received a mantle's worth of humanitarian awards over the years. But he might have to give one of them back, just to make amends for "This Must Be the Place."
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 1, 2012
If the movie doesn't entirely get past its hard-to-buy premise, director Paolo Sorrentino does have the courage of his convictions, not just embracing every contradiction but spinning many of the story's contrivances into moments of strange, aching beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 1, 2012
The plot turns are playful as well as jolting, and the visual shocks are gentle: a bison on the porch, the world's largest pistachio, Mr. Penn in his makeup.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 1, 2012
Bizarre can be good when it's done deftly. In this case, however, it's done ponderously and sententiously.
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November 1, 2012
This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
Penn is astonishing, creating a funny, guileless waif, infusing a faded celebrity figure with tactility and humor.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 31, 2012
The film's numerous idiosyncrasies-virtues at the outset-ultimately suffocate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 25, 2012
This Must Be the Place is dazzling to behold.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 3, 2012
You're left with the feeling that Sorrentino's eccentric story and daring style masks just another movie about the healing powers of the road.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
January 27, 2012
Sorrento's talents for constructing visually arresting images and shooting things in an unconventional way are squandered on a pointless, meandering narrative led by an off-putting protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
May 21, 2011
Quirky, hilarious and moving, Sorrentino's first English-lingo production is a road trip of stunning scope yet deep intimacy.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 20, 2011
I'm not entirely sure how to articulate why I enjoyed it so much.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
May 20, 2011
Negotiating a consistent artistic path as steadily as a drunk walking a straight line, This Must Be the Place is all over the place dramatically, tonally and thematically.