The Majestic
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Director Frank Darabont created this Frank Capra-inspired drama based on a screenplay by his friend and one-time schoolmate Michael Sloane. Jim Carrey stars as Pete Appleton, a screenwriter in the Hollywood of the 1950s. Pete's on top of the world with his first motion picture "Sand Pirates of the Sahara" just released to theaters and his romance with a beautiful starlet (Amanda Detmer) heating up. However, his triumph turns to dismay when he's called before the commie-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee and advised by a studio lawyer and his agent to play ball… 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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