The Number 23
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Upon acquiring a mysterious book in which the number 23 seems to take on powerful cosmic significance, a once-sane man gradually becomes obsessed with the idea that the frequently recurring number may in fact hold a deadly secret in this intense mystery-thriller starring Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, and directed by Joel Schumacher. Walter Sparrow (Carrey) is a middle-aged dogcatcher whose wife Agatha (Madsen) has bestowed him with an obscure mystery novel detailing the investigation launched by a tough-talking gumshoe named Fingerling (also Carrey) whose every move seems to be overshadowed… 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,
"The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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,
"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
"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
"The author's obsession with the number 23 becomes Walter's, and we're treated to a lot of examples of numbers that add up to 23, which means a lot of scenes in which people say things like, 'What's 14 plus 9? 23!' and look haunted."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"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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