The Majestic
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Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton, a staff writer at HHS Studios in 1951, is an ambitious up-and-comer. His first produced screenplay, a B movie swashbuckler entitled "Sand Pirates of the Sahara," has just opened on a double bill with John Huston's adventure, "The African Queen," at Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Not only is Appleton enjoying professional success, he has a hot starlet girlfriend, Sandra Sinclair, the female lead in his big screen debut. However, life is full of 'what if's...' What if Appleton were suddenly targeted… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Carrey gets the best role of his own career -- and plays it with tenderness, valor, bravery and deeply moving conviction. I find him positively captivating."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Carrey is excellent in the lead role supplying both vulnerability and wit..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"If this film were confectionery, it would rot every tooth in your head and leave you with a sickening stomach cramp."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Capra has been embalmed and larded with prefab sentimental glaze, a synthetic 21st century Hollywood idea of what Capra the director stood for."
‑ Tim Merrill, Film Threat
"Marks a steep downturn in Jim Carrey's career."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Darabont is seeking to recapture the spirit of Frank Capra - with Carrey in the role of a James Stewart or Gary Cooper. Yet even though Darabont shares Capra's dewy-eyed optimism, his film's sluggish pace means he lacks Capra's screwball zest."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Don't even look for Clarence the Angel in this slow paced, but effective story."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Jim Carrey seems a bit out of his depth in this often-engaging anti-HUAC film."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Smug, simpering and warmed over, The Majestic is a horrible film with delusions of grandeur."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Darabont and screenwriter Michael Sloane's misty-eyed tribute may be pleasant in places, but it's too manufactured and deliberate to be persuasive."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"This corny movie may not appeal to kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"... The kind of uplifting movie that I think many would enjoy around the holidays ..."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"For those who appreciate movies that capture almost every emotion -- from laughter to tears, suspense to tranquillity -- The Majestic was made for you."
‑ Heather Wadowski, Film Threat
"the cinematic equivalent of the sanctimonious bore determined to announce his bullying virtue to the world ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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