This Must Be The Place Reviews

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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 15, 2012
The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.
November 15, 2012
Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.
November 9, 2012
If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.
November 8, 2012
The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.
November 8, 2012
In the end, "This Must Be the Place" isn't just bad. It's inappropriate.
November 8, 2012
This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one.
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.
November 2, 2012
Sean Penn as an ex-rock-star Nazi hunter feels like a lot to swallow. It is.
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."
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.
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.
November 1, 2012
Bizarre can be good when it's done deftly. In this case, however, it's done ponderously and sententiously.
Top Critic
November 1, 2012
This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted.
November 1, 2012
Penn is astonishing, creating a funny, guileless waif, infusing a faded celebrity figure with tactility and humor.
October 31, 2012
The film's numerous idiosyncrasies-virtues at the outset-ultimately suffocate it.
October 25, 2012
This Must Be the Place is dazzling to behold.
April 6, 2012
It doesn't really work but it's very watchable all the same.
April 5, 2012
Worth catching for the stunning soundtrack and Sorrentino's mad direction.
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