The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

critic Reviews

, 86% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Smart, funny, and wildly creative, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent presents Nicolas Cage in peak gonzo form -- and he's matched by Pedro Pascal's scene-stealing performance.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The most meta touch of all is that the star makes the film hard to resist... an actor of weirdly heroic overcommitment saving the day, in duplicate.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    It's a little more heartwarming than what you'd think.
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    Shirley LiThe Atlantic
    Even in scenes riffing on the ’90s action movies that made Cage a household name -- all shoot-outs, car chases, and gunslinging standoffs -- Cage and Pascal are magnetic to watch for their earnestness.
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    Jake WilsonThe Age (Australia)
    This traditional comic pairing proves to be the film’s main attraction -- and for all Cage’s showboating, Pascal for quite a while looks set to take over as the real star.
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    Noah BerlatskyChicago Reader
    The next perfect Cage film may already be in the pipeline, groaning under the unbearable weight of massive talent. For now, you’ll have to settle for this merely intermittently awesome Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    A.A. DowdDigital Trends
    As tongue-in-cheek as the title sounds, it accurately captures the fawning tone of this jokey self-portrait, the sense that Cage is in fact starring in a love letter to himself.
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    Bill ChambersFilm Freak Central
    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent is a buddy movie in the vein of Alan Arkin-Peter Falk comedies and a busy-dad-shaming movie out of the Adam Sandler playbook.
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    Josie MelendezFilm Posers Podcast
    Let go and go along for the ride. Once you do that, it's honestly such a blast. Don't try to find logic in this film because it is very meta. It is there for the laughs, for the fun, and the appreciation of Nicolas Cage.
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    Bill ChambersFilm Freak Central
    This movie isn't meta or satire, it's the Dollar Store version of an American original.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    This sunnily shot, bouncily paced, well-intentioned affair definitely does the two things it needs to above all else: goes all-in on Cage, albeit not to a Mandy-esque degree, and makes everyone only want to watch Cage's work from now on.
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