Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Color Me Kubrick is a far more modest movie, but in some ways is more successful than "The Hoax" in conveying how deeply people want to believe something is true against all evidence.
  2. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    A sly, enormously entertaining romp based on the antics of real-life Brit conman Alan Conway who rooked his way around '90s London posing as Stanley Kubrick.
  3. Color Me Kubrick is like a nice, deep, clear cocktail of ammonia on the rocks: bracing, comic, astonishing, all of which hide its poison center.
  4. The film reveals, rather delectably, how potent the power of suggestion can be in a world gone madly groupie.
  5. In Color Me Kubrick, John Malkovich has one of the roles of his life, and he acts it up like a haughty gourmet who's just picked up a succulent treat.
  6. The filmmakers have wisely turned it into a comedy, and a wickedly entertaining one at that.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Scarcely an insightful biographical portrait, Color Me Kubrick is still interesting, perhaps even intimidating, as a study of the way fandom can so readily be turned against itself.
  8. Even if it doesn't add up to more than a fitfully amusing collection of comic sketches, Color Me Kubrick is a platform for John Malkovich to burst into lurid purple flame.
  9. This 2005 British feature by writer Anthony Frewin and director Brian Cook, both former Kubrick assistants, uses Conway's unlikely saga to mount an appreciative send-up of a certain style of gay extravagance.
  10. It's entertaining if not exactly enlightening.
  11. A playground for Malkovich – enjoyable enough but not terribly deep.
  12. 63
    Malkovich pulls out all the gaudy stops.
  13. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Color Me Kubrick digs all sorts of devilish ironies out of this "true...ish story," and it's a fine dark farce before turning sad and, worse, monotonous. The con wears off before the movie does, but while it's in the air, "Kubrick" spins with bogus cheer.
  14. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Best appreciated as a rather amusing farce called The John Malkovich Show, the movie's every scene is anchored, then stolen, by the commanding thespian's Alan act.
  15. 50
    If you can't watch John Malkovich being John Malkovich, it's still a kick watching him play Alan Conway, a gay Brit who pretended to be the legendary and reclusive director Stanley Kubrick during the 1990s.
  16. 50
    Great fun for the first 20 minutes - which include Kubrickian tracking shots and music from "2001" and "A Clockwork Orange" - but seems long at 86.
  17. 50
    The film makes funny use of music (particularly Lionel Richie's "Hello") and excellent use of Malkovich, but it literally only has one idea in its head, and when that idea runs dry, it's as lost as Conway is without his plethora of Kubrick masks.
  18. The movie is endless even at less than 90 minutes. You could use it, "A Clockwork Orange" style, as aversion therapy for seemingly incorrigible con artists.
  19. 30
    Director Cook and screenwriter Anthony Frewin were both intimates of the real Kubrick, which I guess counts for something. But for what, exactly? Does it uniquely qualify them to make a mean-spirited, trashy and intermittently funny film about a guy who wasn't Kubrick?
  20. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    I find it hard to believe that Conway bamboozled half of London simply by announcing his name, and it's regrettable that the filmmakers premise their picture on such improbable gullibility. The real Conway was assuredly slier than his bio-pic incarnation; he ought to have been played by Sacha Baron Cohen.
  21. At best a kitschy "Catch Me If You Can" and at worst a tedious comedy that grows more tiresome by every self-consciously irreverent minute.
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  1. Byron
    Nov 17, 2007
    Malkovich stretches here fun to watch.
  2. MatthewE.
    Mar 31, 2007
    Malkovich is one of my favorite actors and you can tell he is having a lot of fun playing Conway playing Kubrick. However, the gag gets Malkovich is one of my favorite actors and you can tell he is having a lot of fun playing Conway playing Kubrick. However, the gag gets tiresome after a few scenes and the movie really has no substance to fall back on. Interesting idea, but poorly executed overall. Full Review »