This Must Be The Place
This Must Be The Place (2012)

Cheyenne (Sean Penn) is a former rock star. At 50, he still dresses 'Goth' and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: November 2, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in "This Must Be the Place," there's no there there.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although "This Must Be the Place" holds our attention, it's a little difficult to say where it's headed.

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

The conceit of showing a pop-culture figure's life out of the limelight is beyond hackneyed, but the film's incongruous visual splendor and Penn's all-or-nothing commitment keep Sorrentino's unabashed folly afloat for a while.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

If you give Penn (and the movie) a chance, the character works, movingly and somewhat miraculously.

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Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

Sorrentino's aggressively life-affirming movie has wormed its way into the hearts of a surprising number of usually sensible, discerning critics.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The cast ... is outstanding, dragging the offbeat story through the occasional look-at-me distractions.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence.

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Mike Scott

As oddly magnetic as Sean Penn's performance is, the film seems more preoccupied with being quirky and puzzling than with telling a cohesive, satisfying story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A messy movie that throws many narrative elements together without any cohesion, drifting from odd character study to hunt-the-Nazi road-movie, and it is so… More
Cameron Sherwell
Meandering and episodic 'This Must Be The Place' is Italian born Paolo Sorrento's first foray into English language cinema and the result is… More
_kelly .King
Inert and disappointing
<b>This Must Be The Place</b> was a strange wonderful film. I loved Cheyenne. I haven't loved a character so much since Hesher. Sean Penn gives… More
Greg S
A retired Goth pop star tracks down a Nazi who oppressed his deceased father. The script is a bit wonky, but Sean Penn has some great moments in a unique… More
Nicki Marie
Strange little movie (not that I expected otherwise). Sean Penn plays an ageing goth who, due to a tragedy, has not really evolved in life. I am not sure if… More