'I Love You Phillip Morris' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   4 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   148 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    It sustains a tone of compassionate hilarity in which oversize romantic gestures coexist with gigantic scams.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    With his manic glare, ferociously eager smile, hyperkinetic body language and talent for instant self-transformation, Mr. Carrey has rarely been more charismatic on the screen.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    The puzzle fits together very entertainingly here.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    38
    Directors John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who wrote the wickedly hilarious Bad Santa, assume a mocking tone that falls flat. They aspire for a cleverly offbeat vibe, but it feels forced and calculated.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    There's plenty to scratch your head about here. Is it a drama? A comedy? And if it's a farce, what's it making fun of?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    This isn't great farce, but it's more than good enough. And Carrey is more than good enough in it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Carrey finds the perfect outlet for his manic energy: Id and libido are fused, with Steven driven by actual lust and the unwavering -- and completely believable - determination to provide for his fragile boyfriend.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    "I Love You Phillip Morris" not only blasts gay stereotypes back decades, it could actually make people wish for a third Ace Ventura movie.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    There's never been a movie like this one. That's not to say it's all good or all bad, though it's never indifferent.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    The romance between them is touching at its best moments, corny at its worst.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    90
    It finds the humor in an unlikely love story, and it resists any temptation to play it straight.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    At best, I Love You Phillip Morris may be hailed as a necessary step in Hollywood's fearful crawl toward sexual evenhandedness; the film upholds the constitutional right of every gay man to be as much of a liar, a crook, and a creep as the rest of us.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Carrey makes the role seem effortless; he deceives as spontaneously as others breathe.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Russell was a fascinating character and a real puzzle box; but the filmmakers have turned his life into a broad farce with one wocka-wocka gag after another.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Yes, some familiar Carrey tactics are on display, but the star's performance has real heart - it's easily the best thing he has done since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    A delirious comedy that remains on track largely thanks to Jim Carrey's goofy but grounded performance.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Carrey is truly great in one of those rare risky roles that prove he can do more than pull faces, although the frank portrayal of an alpha male who is also "gay, gay, gay, gay, gay" is sure to make some percentage of his fan base squirm.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    Mr. Carrey has balls of brass, but seeing him dressed flamboyantly in fish-net bikinis and high-heel Nancy Sinatra boots is an experience I hope never to repeat again in this lifetime.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    Less of a comedy than a hilarious tragedy.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Such an endearing oddity that you have to wonder exactly for whom it was made. But I'm glad they did nonetheless.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    88
    Despite its title, it has nothing to do with cigarettes. But its star, as he once famously said on screen, is absolutely "smokin'."
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    It's like a Coen brothers movie, if Joel and Ethan did a ton of crank and decided to flush story structure down the crapper.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    Phillip Morris isn't a perfect movie by any means, but it's irresistibly self-assured in its weirdness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of I Love You Phillip Morris is its inability to maintain the high level at which it begins -- a withering lampoon of wholesome, middle class values.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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