'Cyrus' Critic Reviews

91%
MovieWeb:   4 reviews
80%
Rotten Tomatoes:   155 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    Cyrus may on some level be a stunt, yet the Duplasses' slightly sluggish, low-budget, mumblecore style allows this story to flower as both light-fingered lark and drama of suspenseful dysfunction.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Despite their indie cred, the Duplasses are mainstream, hence the movie's status quo finish. "Cyrus" is more finely tuned than their earlier movies ("The Puffy Chair, Baghead), but it shares a similar, almost aggressive lack of ambition.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steve Rose Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Instead of all-out family farce, this goes for naturalistic acting and wry observation, and doesn't quite give us enough of anything.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    Above all, it deftly captures the ambiguity and absurdity of human relationships. With improvised dialogue and performances that go from uncomfortable to honest, Cyrus is an off-kilter charmer.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Even at its most troubling, Cyrus is powered by a deep vein of humanism, one that offers hope to even the weirdest among us.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It's too slack to shock. The film has its moments, but it shows the Duplasses poised on the edge of the big time with nothing to say and no real interest in risk.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ella Taylor Village Voice (Top Critic)
    A freakishly engrossing black comedy about excessively mothered men and the women who enable them.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    80
    We all have routines, but the characters in Cyrus have complicated systems for dealing with things, and watching them smash into each other is endearing and often hilarious.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    I've seldom seen a film in which three intelligent, articulate people make so many penetrating observations about themselves, and address their bizarre situation so directly, without providing, or indeed possessing, the slightest clue...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    A movie that melds creepy and comic so seamlessly that almost every laugh is undercut by a cringe.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    88
    Delightfully demented and unique.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Denby New Yorker (Top Critic)
    The Duplasses' sensitivity, which is genuine, yields too much tepid relationship-speak, and Marisa Tomei, one of the most appealing actresses in Hollywood, is left with little to play.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    The movie doesn't eagerly jump from one payoff to another, but attunes itself to nuance, body language and the habitual politeness with which we try to overlook social embarrassment.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    A comedy of discomfort that walks a wonderful line between reality-based emotional honesty and engaging humor, it demonstrates the good things that happen when quirky independent style combines with top-of-the-line acting skill.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Jonah Hill delivers a craftier comic performance than anything in his box-office hits, but what really elevates the story above its shticky premise is the combined neuroses of all three characters.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The byplay between Reilly and Hill is sublime.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    80
    Although Hill certainly has been good in previous roles, this goes beyond what we've seen.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    Although the film is labeled a comedy, it hovers on the dark side in so many shadows that it is rarely amusing. Yet it never has the courage to fully explore the havoc a real Oedipus complex can wreak on the lives of real adults.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Debruge Variety (Top Critic)
    What makes these Duplassian experiments work is the way their characters are willing to share their feelings.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    Nobody can play beaten and amusing better than Reilly, and no one is better at playing broken, accessible beauty than Tomei.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    88
    The Brothers Duplass find humor and a lot of truth in those moments between spoken words, when the flick of an eyelid, the pulse of a vein or the purse of the lips can betray things that might otherwise not be stated.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Baltake Passionate Moviegoer (Top Critic)
    The Duplass's 'Cyrus': Two Unhealthy Relationships Made Witty
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The questions here are good; it's the answers that feel like a cheat.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    All the improvised dialogue, herky-jerk camerawork and social discomfort of previous Duplass films is here, along with name actors playing damaged but ultimately human characters.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    The oblique final scene seems intended to leave the viewer in a state of delicious suspense, but it feels more like a frustratingly underwritten limbo.
    Full Review » 4 years ago