The Majestic
The Majestic (2001)

Hollywood screenwriter Peter Appleton, a staff writer at HHS Studios in 1951, is an ambitious up-and-comer. His first produced screenplay, a B movie swashbuckler entitled "Sand Pirates of the Sahara," has just opened on a double… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 21, 2001
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2002
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ponderous and overlong, The Majestic drowns in forced sentimentality and resembles a mish-mash of other, better films.

Rex Reed
New York Observer

Carrey gets the best role of his own career -- and plays it with tenderness, valor, bravery and deeply moving conviction. I find him positively captivating.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

It can't fake sincerity. It tries ever so hard, but it doesn't have a single believable second.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The first part of the movie will strike some viewers as inspiring and others as manipulative; at any rate, it's clearly the better half, since the final act is patently false and a queer whitewash of a tragic chapter in US history.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Marks a steep downturn in Jim Carrey's career.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Mr. Carrey may go to both Washington and a version of Bedford Falls in The Majestic, but he is neither the Jefferson Smith nor George Bailey of Stewart's best-loved films.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

Darabont is seeking to recapture the spirit of Frank Capra - with Carrey in the role of a James Stewart or Gary Cooper. Yet even though Darabont shares Capra's dewy-eyed optimism, his film's sluggish pace means he lacks Capra's screwball zest.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Darabont and screenwriter Michael Sloane's misty-eyed tribute may be pleasant in places, but it's too manufactured and deliberate to be persuasive.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Well-intentioned, but nearly every scene feels dragged out.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This corny movie may not appeal to kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
Although it has flaws, I enjoyed The Majestic, an atypical Jim Carrey film which functions as sentimentality and symbolism. This is kind of The Andy Griffith… More
Manu Gino
Sometimes your life comes into focus one frame at a time. Good movie, not bad. I often wondered how Jim Carrey would handle a drama and now I know. I kinda… More
Phil Hubbs
OK this isn't exactly the most original idea ever and the whole thing feels a bit like an extended 'Twilight Zone' episode (one of the more… More
Kevin M. Williams
A tribute of sorts, to Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart, to those who gave their lives in combat, to small town America, to Hollywood, and, what the hey, to the… More
Wildaly M
Still not sure if this was Carrey's best or worst role.
danny d
although heavily criticized, i really like this film. emotional, mature, and full of great performances, this is a feel good film that draws attention to the… More