Being John Malkovich

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 434 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 15 out of 434

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User Reviews

  1. Aug 10, 2012
    4
    Best part of the entire movie is when puppeteer Schwartz (John Cusack) is punched by a father conveying his disappointment in the perversion of a puppet show, which are typically enjoyed by children. The Puppeteer
  2. Nov 30, 2013
    5
    Weirder than a rabbit riding a pony. Sure, sometimes it's funny, and it's certainly original, but it's also perverted and it condones just about every type of sexually immoral relationship out there. Well, except for the illegal types, but it's still pretty messed up. But anyways, just about every part of this movie is bizarre. The characters are bizarre. The concept is bizarre. EvenWeirder than a rabbit riding a pony. Sure, sometimes it's funny, and it's certainly original, but it's also perverted and it condones just about every type of sexually immoral relationship out there. Well, except for the illegal types, but it's still pretty messed up. But anyways, just about every part of this movie is bizarre. The characters are bizarre. The concept is bizarre. Even their workplace is weird! (The ceilings are about 4 ft. tall and everyone has to walk on their knees.) Bottom line; It's unlike anything else out there, but if I told you that it makes less than no sense, I'd be being extremely generous. Expand
  3. RKamath
    Dec 14, 2004
    6
    A forced attempt at conceptualized art addressing the frailty of the link between reason and consciousness (a theme rehashed by the same writer in "Eternal Sunshine."). Yawn. It's a decent movie, but did not "blow my mind," as many claimed it would, nor did it encourage me to consider the metaphysical issues at the crux of the story; instead, the movie seemed content to ride on the A forced attempt at conceptualized art addressing the frailty of the link between reason and consciousness (a theme rehashed by the same writer in "Eternal Sunshine."). Yawn. It's a decent movie, but did not "blow my mind," as many claimed it would, nor did it encourage me to consider the metaphysical issues at the crux of the story; instead, the movie seemed content to ride on the gimmickyness of that concept, and irritate me with its thoroughly annoying characters. Expand
  4. ChuckM.
    Jun 27, 2004
    4
    Not to take away from the creative flair of messrs. Jonze & Kauffman but it's hard to love a movie where the only sympathetic characters get get shafted while the two chief villains live happily ever after. It left a bad taste in my mouth. What a letdown.
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 36
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 36
  3. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Gloriously inventive, delightfully nutty comic treasure is unlike anything you've ever seen. It's lunatic.
  2. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    I don't know how a movie this original got made today, but thank God for wonderful aberrations.
  3. 100
    If we're allowed just a couple of truly singular discoveries in twelve months, it's a good year; when one of them is a film as exhilarating as Spike Jonze's feature debut, it's a banner year.