The Number 23
The Number 23 (2007)

A mysterious novel, "The Number 23," given to Walter Sparrow by his wife Agatha as a birthday gift, depicts a chilling murder mystery that seems to mirror Walter's life in dark and uncontrollable ways. The life of the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 8% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing.

Tom Charity

For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Watching Carrey babble gibberish about the sinister nature of 23 in scene after hyperventilating scene isn't any more fun or enlightening than listening to street-corner lunatics discourse on similar topics.

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Ali Gray

As far as psychological thrillers go, The Number 23 is a little too much 'psycho' and not enough 'logical'.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Absurd, dark, and a miscast Jim Carrey. Yuck.

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out

It just adds up to sheer ineptitude.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was def a different role for Carrey and i enjoyed it. i think this movie had a chance to be so much more.
Kevin M. Williams
What was meant was a dark, scary, paronoid wink at the audience becomes weak, predictable and hokey by the credits. Only for those days at the bottom of your… More
Eugene Bernabe
An eerie concept with an incoherent and selective script. The Number 23 is a flat, discombobulated thriller with Jim Carrey at his lowest. The film's… More
Directors Cat
The Number 23 is by no means confusing and a remarkable concept. It took my interest and took me ona thrill ride. In reality after watching the film. I realised… More
MisterYoda ?
three stars
Alex roy
The Number 23 is a great concept for a film ruined by a terrible script, bad acting and bad directing. I was very much looking forward in seeing this film,… More