I'm Not There.

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. Too often, it’s the MOVIE that isn’t there. What’s meant to be archetypal comes across as superficial.
  2. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    50
    Stylistically audacious in the way it employs six different actors and assorted visual styles to depict various aspects of the troubadour's life and career, the film nevertheless lacks a narrative and a center, much like the "ghost" at its core.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    It's not nearly as enjoyable as one of his rambling, meditative songs, though perhaps it is aspiring to be the cinematic equivalent. Give me "Tangled Up in Blue" any day over this incoherent, tangled trip.
  4. 50
    If any man should be more than the sum of his parts, it's an artist. But Todd Haynes' I'm Not There makes Bob Dylan less than the sum of his parts. It's like a tony art-school parlor game.
  5. 40
    It makes “Yellow Submarine” look like a miracle of sober narrative.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    40
    It doesn't work. It is just a mess -- though the sound track, full of Dylan songs is, of course, good to hear. But it is not better than the track on Martin Scorsese's "No Direction Home" documentary of two years ago.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 118 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 61
  2. Negative: 19 out of 61
  1. Sep 3, 2014
    7
    A curious imagination of six various Bob Dylan personalities, I'm Not There listens to the music, the story and the man. With re-createdA curious imagination of six various Bob Dylan personalities, I'm Not There listens to the music, the story and the man. With re-created versions of Dylan songs by many of today's gifted musicians, you won't be disappointed. Also, worth tuning in simply for Cate Blanchett's take on Dylan a.k.a. Jude Quinn. Full Review »
  2. May 21, 2013
    5
    It's got plenty of standout performances, such as like Cate Blanchett's utterly uncanny turn as "Jude Quinn," but "I'm Not There" is way tooIt's got plenty of standout performances, such as like Cate Blanchett's utterly uncanny turn as "Jude Quinn," but "I'm Not There" is way too ambitious interpretive, oblique, and abstract to be construed as a coherent biography. Full Review »
  3. May 9, 2012
    9
    First things first; this is most definitely an 'art movie' and yes, it's pretty long. However if you have the ability to maintain yourFirst things first; this is most definitely an 'art movie' and yes, it's pretty long. However if you have the ability to maintain your attention, this an enjoyable watch. It's pretty for one thing. And really very smart. I can't say I understood every detail. But the approach to the biography is well done. Bob Dylan is complex character (aren't we all?) who has had an extraordinary life. So we see a fragmented reality, each character an stand-in for different sides of the whole person, the truth residing somewhere within. The clue is in the title. A great soundtrack too ('natch') Full Review »