Who is Cletis Tout?
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Standup comedian turned director Chris Ver Weil makes his debut with this wild and woolly romantic comedy cum noir crime thriller. The film centers on Trevor Finch (Christian Slater), a master counterfeiter and career con who learns that he has a price on his head from mob hitman Critical Jim (Tim Allen). The reason turns out to be a wacky case of mistaken identity -- Finch has assumed the name Cletis Tout, a sleazy, long-dead French muckraker with, it turns out, a criminal history himself. Rewind to 1977, when Micah (Richard Dreyfuss) pulls off a massive diamond heist and buries his booty in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Quirky, often-fun film."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"At best, Cletis Tout might inspire a trip to the video store -- in search of a better movie experience."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There's a sweetness to it that's disarming and diverting -- mostly thanks to performances of Slater, Richard Dreyfuss as his partner in crime, and Portia Di Rossi as Dreyfuss' daughter."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Overall, Cletis Tout is a winning comedy that excites the imagination and tickles the funny bone."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Why sit through a crummy, wannabe-hip crime comedy that refers incessantly to old movies, when you could just rent those movies instead, let alone seek out a respectable new one?"
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"It's just a little too self-satisfied."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It won't hold up over the long haul, but in the moment, Finch's tale provides the forgettable pleasures of a Saturday matinee."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"The whole mildly pleasant outing -- the R rating is for brief nudity and a grisly corpse -- remains aloft not on its own self-referential hot air, but on the inspired performance of Tim Allen."
‑ Arthur Salm, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A great idea becomes a not-great movie."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Warmed-over Tarantino by way of wannabe Elmore Leonard."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Merely a diversion, but clever enough to divert."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"On the level of the dime-a-dozen Tarantino wannabes that clutter the bottom shelves at the video store."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"If you love movies, it's hard not to like Who Is Cletis Tout? or at least smile through it."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"The movie attempts to mine laughs from a genre -- the gangster/crime comedy -- that wore out its welcome with audiences several years ago, and its cutesy reliance on movie-specific cliches isn't exactly endearing."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Whereas the extremely competent hitman films such as Pulp Fiction and Get Shorty resonate a sardonic verve to their caustic purpose for existing, Who Is Cletis Tout? is an inexpressible and drab wannabe looking for that exact niche."
‑ Frank Ochieng, Movie Eye
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