Being John Malkovich
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Would you pay money to journey into the mind of the star of Con Air, The Killing Fields, and In The Line of Fire? Puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a large office building. One day, while rummaging behind a cabinet, he finds a small door that leads to the center of the mind of actor John Malkovich (played by, you guessed it, John Malkovich). Craig discovers that entering the portal allows him to become John Malkovich for a brief spell, and in time he and his beautiful but aloof… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale."
‑ David Rooney, Variety
"This must be seen to be believed, a hundred carat cult item -- and all credit to Malkovich for playing along."
‑ , Time Out
"There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Playing by its own rules every step of the way, Being John Malkovich is clearly the sort of movie that needs to be made more often."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The movie is so successful at being so far on the fringe, it often isolates."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"This outrageous comic fantasy may not sustain its brilliance throughout its 112 minutes, but it keeps cooking for so much of that time that I don't have many complaints."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It is hard to mix moods -- the film is manic, subtle, comic and vaguely sad -- but [Jonze] does it masterfully."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"an essential existentialist text."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Corollaries of desire break through dead-end walls only to be reinvented on the other side in a supernatural spectrum of practical existence. Go figure."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Will benefit greatly from repeat viewings and fervent post-viewing deconstruction."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's clever, witty, dark and, most importantly, unwaveringly bizarre."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An incredibly rich and entertaining (not to say, laudably malevolent) film that far transcends its already way-out title premise ..."
‑ , Sight and Sound
"Kids won't get this sex-driven, head-trip comedy."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"A film that seems to make all the right choices."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
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