Benny & Joon
Benny & Joon (1993)

Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
Variety

As the outsider who courts the mentally ill Mary Stuart Masterson, Johnny Depp renders a startling performance that elevates the romantic fable way above its writing and directing shortcomings; look for the young Julianne Moore in a small part.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The cast is defeated by a cloying Barry Berman script that Jeremiah Chechik directs with the same flair for the obvious he brought to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Any film that features Johnny Depp performing salutes to the great silent comedians (and, in particular, Buster Keaton) deserves a little slack... [Blu-ray]

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie suggests that love and magic can overcome madness, and for at least the length of the film I was prepared to accept that. Much of the credit for that goes to Depp...

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

If the performances were as cute and sweet as the characters, the film would need a warning label. But Depp's Sam is delicately touching, a maladjusted waif with both soul and grit, and Masterson resists the temptation to soften Joon.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Depp may look nothing like Buster Keaton, but there are times when he genuinely seems to become the Great Stone Face, bringing Keaton's mannerisms sweetly and magically to life.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Riddled with insufferably contrived zaniness ... it deals as deeply with mental illness as The Sound of Music explored the genocidal advance of the Third Reich.

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Film4

Things are kept on the right side of mawkish thanks largely to a graceful and understated performance from the ever-reliable Depp.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
quirky, touching, funny, heartfelt, sentimental, sweet, whimsical, and uplifting. All of these words are the perfect ones to use when describing this very… More
AJ Verser
I think this movie is okay, but I know Depp fans out there just love it. If you ask me, this movie was made to showcase how cute and funny Depp could be, and… More
Mike S
Fun and delightful odd-ball comedy, featuring the always brilliant Johnny Depp, whose character in this story is no less memorable than all those he has come to… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Sam: I'm Sam. Benny: So I hear. I'm Benny. Sam: With an 'n'? Benny: Yea two of 'em. This is Joon. Sam: With an 'n'? Joon:… More
Melvin White
Joon: Don't underestimate the mentally ill. We know how to count.  Benny and Joon is basically a light comedy that turns into a drama in the last  third.… More
erika bruhns
Benny & Joon is about mentally unstable women Joon (Mary Masterson) who does anything she wants and over time drives her brother Benny (Aidan Quinn) and… More

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