Being John Malkovich
Being John Malkovich (1999)

Would you pay money to journey into the mind of the star of Con Air, The Killing Fields, and In The Line of Fire? Puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 29, 1999
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Being John Malkovich is both funny and smart, featuring a highly original script.

David Rooney

Devilishly inventive and so far out there it's almost off the scale.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

It is hard to mix moods -- the film is manic, subtle, comic and vaguely sad -- but [Jonze] does it masterfully.

Gilbert Adair
Independent on Sunday

It's a film, indeed, of such jaw-dropping originality that its flaws -- and it definitely has some -- count for far less than they otherwise would.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

This outrageous comic fantasy may not sustain its brilliance throughout its 112 minutes, but it keeps cooking for so much of that time that I don't have many complaints.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

It's clever, witty, dark and, most importantly, unwaveringly bizarre.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Though Being John Malkovich was deliciously original and delivers an underrated performance by John Cusack, the ending was a bit disappointing.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

By the time the tunnel worthy of the likes of Gulliver and Alice becomes a freeway clogged with bit players, a big chill has descended on all the characters.

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

It's tremendously entertaining, and probably worthy of repeat viewings.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

There's something fantastically proto-Internet about this romantic-dramedy of flop-sweat desperation, role-playing, simulation and eccentric, niche-culture behaviour-a world of virtual-reality escapes, alter egos, sexual fetishes and rabbit-hole trips.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
A strange, existential, and ultimately disconcerting film that just gets weirder and weirder. Major points for Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman for originality,… More
Manu Gino
Be All That Someone Else Can Be Excellent FIlm! I enjoyed it alot! Great acting and storyline, funny, clever and insane film. Don't worry if this all… More
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Albert Kim
Freakin weird movie. John Malkovich is always entertaining to watch and the movie has some very original plot elements but there are some big pacing issues.… More
Melvin White
Lotte Schwartz: I think it's kinda sexy that John Malkovich has a portal, y'know, sort of like, it's like, like he has a vagina. It's sort… More
Graham Jones
A hilarious and smart film that features strange but great performances. It does seem to run out of steam though by the end.