Metascore
73

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
    100
    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. 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.
  3. I'm Not There lets you hear it again, more majestically than ever.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeff Beresford-Howe
    100
    What Haynes has essentially done is create a film that is a Bob Dylan song, one of his best.
  5. Reviewed by: David Gates
    90
    Brilliantly strange, often funny and ultimately heartbreaking film.
  6. A loopy, surreal, beguiling collage of a film, the writer-director's meta-biopic embraces its subject.
  7. 91
    This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  8. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    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.
  9. 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.
  10. 90
    One of the most inventive and joyous movies of the year.
  11. 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.
  12. 83
    An ingenious, maddening film inspired by the "many lives of Bob Dylan."
  13. 90
    Among its many achievements, Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There hurls a Molotov cocktail through the facade of the Hollywood biopic factory.
  14. 100
    I'm Not There is the movie of the year.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 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 »