This Must Be The Place
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This Must Be The Place
Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The conceit of showing a pop-culture figure's life out of the limelight is beyond hackneyed, but the film's incongruous visual splendor and Penn's all-or-nothing commitment keep Sorrentino's unabashed folly afloat for a while."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
""It would take a week mucking out a pork pie factory to acclimatise for a hamfest as nauseating as this.""
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Hits some wild notes but never quite finds its niche"
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Sorrentino's aggressively life-affirming movie has wormed its way into the hearts of a surprising number of usually sensible, discerning critics."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"Penn's Cheyenne is endearing and ultimately a little bit heartbreaking."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
"Sean Penn performs another one of his amazing transmogrification acts as the rock star Cheyenne in This Must Be the Place."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"As oddly magnetic as Sean Penn's performance is, the film seems more preoccupied with being quirky and puzzling than with telling a cohesive, satisfying story."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"... a fascinating character study that goes beyond simple quirks and mannerisms."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Feels like a cult movie waiting to happen, or perhaps a mad experiment gone wrong. Either way, it's worth watching Penn, perhaps unwittingly, taking Jeff Spicoli to the burned-out end we might have guessed for him back at Ridgemont High."
‑ Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
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