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Man on the Moon, starring Jim Carrey, as the late Andy Kaufman who was considered the most innovative, eccentric and enigmatic comic of his time. A master at provoking audiences, Kaufman could generate belly laughs, stony silence, tears or brawls. Danny DeVito also stars in Man on the Moon as Kaufman's manager, George Shapiro, with Courtney Love co-starring as Lynne Margulies, the woman who befriends and eventually falls in love with the comic. Paul Giamatti portrays Kaufman's best friend an d writer, Bob Zmuda. Well-known Vegas lounge singer Tony Clifton stars as himself.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We're constantly kept guessing as to what's real or false. Intriguing."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"What is most wonderful about Man on the Moon, a very good film, is that it remains true to Kaufman's stubborn vision."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"The main problem with this film though is the running time -- it's too short."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Carrey gets inside Kaufman's skin."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Not everyone knows Andy Kaufman, but the world knows Jim Carrey. Soon it will know more about Kaufman's unique style of humor."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"As drama, it's a near miss. Yet as an introduction -- or a reminder -- of a singular talent, it has its appeal."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The filmmakers don't even attempt to give Kaufman an inner life."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A teeming, fast-paced spin through a particularly strange show-biz life."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Whether you like the film will probably depend on whether you thought Kaufman was funny the first time."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"More of an illustrated résumé than a character study, entertaining but seldom insightful."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Superficially clever yet profoundly shallow."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"This is a movie that testifies in blisteringly persuasive terms to the intense, particular genius of Jim Carrey."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Ends up asking more questions than it answers."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Forman makes this a thematic sequel to Amadeus, focusing on a misunderstood genius whose commitment to artistic vision came before acceptance, popularity, and his loved ones."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"postulates that Kaufman was the consummate actor, someone who stayed 'on' even in his offstage life, to the point of losing whatever personality he had. It's an intriguing theory, but it doesn't always make for a smooth viewing experience..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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