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Being John Malkovich Reviews

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July 26, 2007
The movie is so successful at being so far on the fringe, it often isolates.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
January 1, 2000
March 8, 2002
Loses momentum tacking on countless plot twists that, while unpredictable, are tiresome and obnoxious.
Full Review | Original Score: short
May 8, 2002
Gender and relationships shift and merge and re-form like blobs of goo in a lava lamp… a profoundly anti-human fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 14, 2001
It's not a horrible movie. It just gets so confusing that you should rent it, so you can rewind and figure out what is going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 1, 2000
Descends disappointingly from hilarious whimsy into bleak, repellant, Outer Limits - tinged dysfunction.
March 12, 2001
We get self-absorbed characters seeking personal happiness, no matter how it may affect others, especially Malkovich.
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January 9, 2002
The filmmakers are stoned on weirdness for its own sake, which is the danger of becoming too enthralled by the freewheeling ethos of the '60s.
April 27, 2007
By the time the tunnel worthy of the likes of Gulliver and Alice becomes a freeway clogged with bit players, a big chill has descended on all the characters.
January 1, 2000
A smart, unusual film that will get into your head.
August 8, 2019
Outlandish, hilarious and exceedingly clever.
March 26, 2019
Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman's hallucinatory meditation on human embodiment, celebrity, and, uh, John Malkovich remains the ultimate marriage of '90s music-video aesthetics and absurdist narrative storytelling.
September 11, 2017
Though Being John Malkovich was deliciously original and delivers an underrated performance by John Cusack, the ending was a bit disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 27, 2017
It's a film, indeed, of such jaw-dropping originality that its flaws -- and it definitely has some -- count for far less than they otherwise would.
March 25, 2019
Accept that even Jonze and Kaufman will most likely never provide a worthy substitute to Being John Malkovich themselves. It's awfully hard, even 20 years later, to find a movie even half as bizarre that was also even half as successful.
May 12, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 2, 2005
...dense with ideas and non sequitur surprises, a viewer-friendly fun house of a film that asks only that we enjoy the ride. It is smart without seeming challenging...
Read More | Original Score: A
January 1, 2000
What an endlessly inventive movie this is! [Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman] supplies a stream of dazzling inventions, twists and wicked paradoxes. And the director, Spike Jonze, doesn't pounce on each one like fresh prey, but unveils it slyly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Unlike most comedies, which go for laughs without worrying about depth, Being John Malkovich has both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2007
In just a few years, with a flurry of wildly imaginative films and three Oscar nominations, Kaufman has managed to join the likes of David Mamet, Stephen King, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde on the short list of screenwriting superstars.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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