Arizona Dream
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Director Emir Kusturica and screenwriter David Atkins crafted this absurdist comedy in which Johnny Depp plays Axel Blackmer, who lives in New York State and is obsessed with fish. He tags fish and monitors their habits for a living, but his greatest curiosity is when and how they dream. Axel's uncle, Leo Sweetie (Jerry Lewis) would prefer Axel take over the family business, a Cadillac dealership in Tucson, Arizona; against his better judgment, Axel drives from New York to Arizona to check out the lot and attend Leo's wedding to Millie (Paulina Porizkova), a woman who is hoping that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

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"Kusturica grafts his sometimes unwieldy Europe-inflected concerns onto brash American landscapes with mixed results. Much is made of dreams that, either spoken of at length or illustrated, are offered in lieu of character development."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Depp yet again reveals his unique ability to be the seductive yet compassionate idealist, discovering strength in tenderness."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Lewis is only slightly awful, and he and Depp have a nice rapport; Dunaway gives a particularly juicy performance; and Taylor is simply amazing, seemingly able to transform herself physically for every role she plays."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"David Lynch, you've got a target on your back. Compelling and strange, worth seeking out if you can find it (which ain't easy)."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"There is so much to like in Arizona Dream that you can't help wondering why you don't like it better."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"The first 'American' film by the director of Time of the Gypsies is every bit as bizarre and imaginative as his earlier work, although it's also maddeningly indulgent and erratic."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"You can't stop watching because nobody in the audience, and possibly nobody on the screen, has any idea what's going to happen next."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A peculiar and entrancing gem."
‑ , Film4
"Downright odd comedy that gets better with age."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Even at its full length, showing off a more seductive rhythm and the buoyant humanism that is this director's calling card, it remains as ripe a subject for therapy as for criticism."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Imagination is a gift. It bestows power, insight and the ability to dream. It takes courage to dream on a big scale, which is what Emir Kusturica does in Arizona Dream, a wonderfully absurdist comedy..."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A trule bizarre, surreal fable, flaunting yet another eccentric performance from the very young and handsome Johnny Depp; Faye Dunaway, as his love interest, and Lili Tomlin are also good."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway must enjoy working together. Perhaps they also enjoy making incomprehensibly inane movies, because that is what Arizona Dream is."
‑ , Boxoffice Magazine
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