Jimmy P.
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In "one of the most unexpected and inspiring movie pairings in recent memory (The Village Voice)," Jimmy P stars Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in a true story about two very different men who build a unique and powerful bond through psychotherapy. A WWII vet plagued by excruciating headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams, Jimmy Picard (Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot, is labeled schizophrenic by a military hospital confused by his condition. Enter French anthropologist and Native American researcher Georges Devereux (Amalric),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This intelligent movie becomes a gentle reproof of prejudice and ignorance, and I wish I could find some excitement in it."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"A fascinating cross-cultural experiment that eventually runs itself into the ground."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It may not always treat psychology with the sophistication it deserves, but it at least acknowledges that it's an imperfect method of personal understanding."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"The pain and sadness of Picard's life are perversely relegated to another time and place, one the film can only visit from the distance of his recollections. By the end, [Arnaud] Desplechin makes him known thoroughly, but not vividly."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"Honestly, it's hard to see why "Jimmy P." was ever made."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[A] ruminative, gentle and absorbing new film."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"What grounds the film is the chemistry of the main performers."
‑ Tony Macklin, tonymacklin.net
"The fine lead performances by Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric are the highlights of the artfully crafted, fact-based drama Jimmy P., which tries (sometimes in vain) to make psychotherapy cinematically intriguing."
‑ Matt Patches, IGN Movies
"It's mysteriously interesting, almost a Rorschach Test, with little details sprinkled throughout that we may or may not catch. It's open to your interpretation."
‑ Matt Prigge, Metro
"Avoiding the usual therapy-drama story beats, Desplechin has made a densely satisfying drama about Freud, racism, and sympathy in its largest sense."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Jimmy P. tells the more-or-less-true story of two men's friendship and one man's recovery. Beneath that, though, is a meditation on exile and lost identity in which very different people share remarkably similar circumstances."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"In warming quite a lot to Jimmy P, it's possible that I've gravitated to what Desplechin's long-term admirers might regard as the wrong film."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine
"The sterile process that the film is fixated on is admirable, but Jimmy P. rarely gets at anything engrossing or interesting about its characters."
‑ Ty Landis, Movie Mezzanine
"Because it is so unabashedly Freudian, the movie also seems old-fashioned and often just dull."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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