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  • Summary: Convinced that a series of coincidences involving a doorman hold some secret to life's largest riddles, Albert Markovski (Schwartzman) seeks the help of a detective agency unlike any other...which leads him down a path that questions the essence of existence itself. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    The result is by far the most original comedy of the year. Russell might alienate some audience members here--but it’s possible they literally won't know what they're missing.
  2. 80
    A fresh, buoyant, mischievous and rather jolly meditation - if that's the word for a movie as divinely nuts as this one is - on the meaning of life in an unhappy world.
  3. A risky, foolish, intelligent comedy.
  4. Despite the unique premise and some truly inspired casting, the picture remains stuck in an existential rut of its own.
  5. 50
    Everyone up on the screen appears to be having so much fun, you wish the movie found a way to let you into the party.
  6. What in the Buddha's name is going on in I Heart Huckabees? Russell has come up with a grab bag of ideas that don't stick with you because they don't stick together.
  7. It's uncompromisingly bad, single-mindedly off-target.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 78
  2. Negative: 14 out of 78
  1. tonybob
    Oct 23, 2005
    I loved this movie so much i couldnt stop laughing everytime i watch it it gets funnier it never plays out. i think this is the most underrated movie this year. mark wahlberg was halarious everytime he's on the screen i cant stop laughing. Collapse
  2. CharlieN.
    May 17, 2006
    Brilliant, original, and hilarious!
  3. CJMorris
    Dec 11, 2007
    WARNING: this movie is NOT for a general audience like all books are not written for one person, etc. If you like philosophy and ideas, this is as good a dramatization as has been realized on screen. That's Russell's real achievement here. As for the cast, score, design, etc. it's terrific. Well done, Mr. Russell. This film has a heart and a voice that is infinite. An undeniable classic that captures the times. Expand
  4. FabienL.
    Nov 28, 2005
    Very much in line with "Rushmore" or "the aquatic life..." Great cast, great acting jobs, very pleasant.
  5. PatC.
    Mar 12, 2007
    Excellent movie on a cerebral level, and proof that genuine creativity is still possible in Hollywood. Too bad the film is structurally weak. The convolutions of the thought processes presented spill over into the plot presentation - just a little too much to juggle on the fly. And sure, it's a comedy, but the music mocks the content. End result: Less than the sum of its parts. Expand
  6. Mitch
    Dec 4, 2005
    Philosophy 101 gets boring after about 30 minutes. Great cast, top notch talent all around, but squandered.
  7. Can
    Sep 21, 2005
    This lazy movie asks you to blindly accept the philosophy presented, while criticizing you for blindly accepting what you already believe. You can't have it both ways. I might have been o.k. with the concept had the film actually contained some entertainment. No, it's just preaching to the choir, or alienating anybody who's not in that particular choir. Expand

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