The Number 23
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A mysterious novel, "The Number 23," given to Walter Sparrow by his wife Agatha as a birthday gift, depicts a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror Walter's life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of the book's main character, a brooding detective named Fingerling, is filled with moments that echo Walter's own history. As the world of the book starts to come alive, Walter becomes infected by the most frightening and evocative part of it: Fingerling's obsession with the hidden power of the number 23. This obsession permeates the book and begins to control… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 8%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Watching Carrey babble gibberish about the sinister nature of 23 in scene after hyperventilating scene isn't any more fun or enlightening than listening to street-corner lunatics discourse on similar topics."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"As far as psychological thrillers go, The Number 23 is a little too much 'psycho' and not enough 'logical'."
‑ Ali Gray,
"Nothing to decipher here"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A convoluted and rather dull affair."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"Pretty much every important date in history...can be teased to fit the pattern. What can't be hammered out of this fixation, apparently, is a coherent movie."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Absurd, dark, and a miscast Jim Carrey. Yuck."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"There is something to this 23 stuff, and a film about apophenia (obsession with random connections) would be fascinating. But no."
‑ Peg Aloi, Boston Phoenix
"So much cascading hatred for the audience runs through the flickering images of this film!"
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It just adds up to sheer ineptitude."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times. Charles Manson was born Nov. 12 (11 + 12 = 23). The Mayans believed the world would end on Dec. 23, 2012 (20 + 1 + 2 = 23). My brother stole my pogo stick when I was 23 and broke it into 23 pieces."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"As Walter's/Fingerling's paranoia grows, the viewer is irritatingly yanked back and forth between the real and imagined settings, and left to decide which one is more ridiculous."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Jim Carrey tries his best, but the film never gets psychologically creepy, never makes the viewer question what is fiction, what is reality, and most importantly what the number 23 is all about."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"... the film astoundingly reaches new levels of unintentional self-parody with every turn."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
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