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I Love You Phillip Morris
Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"[The] elaborate cons may be fascinating, daring stuff, but the heart of the picture is the romantic relationship, which is squeezed out to the edges."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"[E]asily one of the best comedies of the last several years."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Despite its title, it has nothing to do with cigarettes. But its star, as he once famously said on screen, is absolutely "smokin'.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"ILYPM is quite good and it's a shame that this film was shunted around the backburners for so long."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Jim Carrey is the narrator... transforming what could have been a cliched con man comedy, generic Jim Carrey-character comedy or run-of-the-mill gay coming-out comedy into something smarter, sweeter and downright giddy."
‑ , St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Jim Carrey succeeds but the film is too mean-spirited and its supporting players too one-dimensional to make this story worthwhile."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"...it's the film's fearless go-for broke style which makes I Love You Phillip Morris such a success."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"Above all, it is the wonderful performances of Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as a couple of misfits for whom love is everything, that stay with us"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"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."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A delirious comedy that remains on track largely thanks to Jim Carrey's goofy but grounded performance."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Even when the movie's doing something stupid, you just bemusedly shake your head and dive right back in, forgiving everything, even if you don't know why. Isn't that what love's all about?"
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Jim Carrey brings dynamo force to the story of a brilliant con man and the guy he loved"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"I'm describing I Love You Phillip Morris as an inferior version of Catch Me If You Can. It's trying to tell a similar story in a similar vein but it just doesn't work."
‑ Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane
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