Benny & Joon
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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 Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into his house: Sam (Johnny Depp), the cousin of a friend. Not inclined to conversation, Sam expresses himself by performing Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton routines (and brilliantly!) Not surprisingly, he immediately hits it off with Joon.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"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 Travers, Rolling Stone
"Any film that features Johnny Depp performing salutes to the great silent comedians (and, in particular, Buster Keaton) deserves a little slack... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The stars make it palatable, but it's too much contrived cuteness."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"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..."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Great early Depp performance and Masterson is equally terrific"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
‑ Leonard Klady, Movie City News
"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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Things are kept on the right side of mawkish thanks largely to a graceful and understated performance from the ever-reliable Depp."
‑ , Film4
"One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Johnny Depp is superb, but the rest of the movie doesn't hold water."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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