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  • Summary: I Love You Phillip Morris is the improbable but true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman’s journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, brilliantly escaping from the Texas prison system on four separate occasions – all in the name of love. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 22, 2010
    100
    Think "Catch Me If You Can" mashed up with "Brokeback Mountain" if Mel Brooks directed and you'll get the idea.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Dec 6, 2010
    90
    Less of a comedy than a hilarious tragedy, I Love You Phillip Morris stars Jim Carrey in his most complicated comedic role since "The Cable Guy."
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Dec 6, 2010
    80
    One of the funniest films of the year, this is a wonderful mix of old-school Carrey outrageousness with a genuinely touching - and very modern - love story.
  4. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 9, 2010
    70
    If you're a fan of provocative, offbeat films such as "My Own Private Idaho" or "The Crying Game," you might want to give "Phillip Morris" a chance.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 6, 2010
    60
    I Love You Phillip Morris is tragedy, or something close to it, decked out in comedy's clothes.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    There's plenty to scratch your head about here. Is it a drama? A comedy? And if it's a farce, what's it making fun of?
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 6, 2010
    20
    I Love You Phillip Morris not only blasts gay stereotypes back decades, it could actually make people wish for a third "Ace Ventura" movie. Both of those are an accomplishment, though neither is a compliment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    10
    "I Love You Phillip Morris" is a great, fun and inspirational movie. Please bring me more movies like these! The plot is smart, the acting is great and the humanity is real. Why is only 5% of what Hollywood produces considered art? This movie is a celebration. Yes, Yes and Yes. Expand
  2. Apr 29, 2011
    10
    A terrific movie with excellent acting by Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Has some salty language in it and not appropriate for teens, but otherwise enjoyable and terrific. Jim Carrey shows what a versatile actor he is. Expand
  3. May 10, 2011
    9
    It's interesting to me that this movie, having received such favourable reviews, would have had such a limited release in the theatres. The story is engaging and the acting is superb. I loved the surprise twist in the story, and was left wanting to know more about the real Steven Russell and Phillip Morris. The severity of punishment under the US justice system is astounding! Kudos to both Carrey and McGregor for their realistic portrayals of gay men that does not go to the stereotype. Expand
  4. Dec 6, 2010
    7
    "I Love You Phillip Morris" had a lot of potential if it hadnt been rushed constantly throughout, but Carreys charm and wit in his performance of the complicated character Stephen Russell can make up a lot of the films flaws. Expand
  5. Dec 8, 2012
    6
    Good film. It sort of drags a bit in the middle, but the first third and ending were both great. McGregor and Carrey both give really solid performances. Expand
  6. May 6, 2011
    6
    For a con man genre film, there are a lot of other elements packed in with I Love You Phillip Morris. It is essentially a comedy, but there is enough stop the flow drama between the two main characters that it is not a true comedy or satire. It is also a biopic about Steven Russell because this is based on a true story, but there is so much farce and laughable voiceover so the audience cannot take it too seriously. In short, it is difficult to define exactly what this film is.

    Jim Carrey is Steven Russell who begins the movie a family man, a cop, and an all around nice guy. After a serious accident, Steven reveals his true self to be a flaming homosexual who was just repressing himself all along. He receives the â
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  7. Jul 18, 2011
    0
    Not funny, not original. Jim Carrey plays the same character he played twenty years ago in Pet Detective, and it doesn't work anymore. His character is so over the top, it's like a cartoon character who gets run over multiple times and emerges without a scratch. Sad to see that certain actors do not evolve when they get older...
    In short, unbearable to watch.
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