Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The strangest thing about Todd Haynes's new movie isn't that he cast six actors to play the various faces and phases of Bob Dylan. It's that he needed only six.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeff Beresford-Howe
    What Haynes has essentially done is create a film that is a Bob Dylan song, one of his best.
  3. I'm Not There lets you hear it again, more majestically than ever.
  4. 100
    I'm Not There is the movie of the year.
  5. 91
    This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  6. Faced with an artist defined more by his lyrics than his life story, Haynes delivers a song-cycle of a movie: vivid, exaggerated, contradictory impressions of a man who confounds a culture still looking to define him.
  7. 90
    One of the most inventive and joyous movies of the year.
  8. 90
    Among its many achievements, Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There hurls a Molotov cocktail through the facade of the Hollywood biopic factory.
  9. Reviewed by: David Gates
    Brilliantly strange, often funny and ultimately heartbreaking film.
  10. 88
    So what if nothing is revealed. Todd Haynes is a mischievous visionary who puts the music and the myth of Bob Dylan before us in I'm Not There and dares us not to revel in the troubadour's poetic, contentious, ever-changing essence. It's a feast for the eyes, the ears and the Dylanologist scratching around our minds and hearts.
  11. 88
    What Haynes does is take away the reassuring segues that argue everything flows and makes sense, and to show what's really chaos under the skin of the film.
  12. A loopy, surreal, beguiling collage of a film, the writer-director's meta-biopic embraces its subject.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Haynes's picture may not be perfect -- hell, I'm not even sure that perfection is a state it even aspires to -- but it's bold and individualistic and accomplished. A reason to take heart for the state of current American moviemaking.
  14. 83
    An ingenious, maddening film inspired by the "many lives of Bob Dylan."
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 60
  2. Negative: 19 out of 60
  1. May 21, 2013
    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 too ambitious interpretive, oblique, and abstract to be construed as a coherent biography. Full Review »
  2. May 9, 2012
    First 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 »
  3. Feb 22, 2012
    Let me preface my review by saying I'm a huge Bob Dylan fan. Love his music. Love his book. Love his style. He is iconic. I don't feel like this movie really captured Bob's spirit. I was really bored by it to be honest. It was creative, and I thought that Cate Blanchett totally knocked the ball out of the park, but it was just a drag to watch. They should have made a movie where Cate Blanchett played Bob for its entirety. The soundtrack is great, and I give the film points for Blanchett's stunning performance. The other actors weren't necessarily bad, they just didn't really speak to me as a Dylan fan . . . Full Review »