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  • Summary: I'm Not There is a film that dramatizes the life and music of Bob Dylan as a series of shifting personae, each performed by a different actor—poet, prophet, outlaw, fake, star of electricity, rock and roll, martyr born-again Christian—seven identities braided together, seven organs pumping through one life story, as dense and vibrant as the era it inspired. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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. 91
    This film insists on being taken on its own terms -- the sort of demand, in other words, that defines the best art.
  3. Reviewed by: David Gates
    Brilliantly strange, often funny and ultimately heartbreaking film.
  4. 80
    A fascinating experiment that, if the viewer is willing to surrender to Haynes's sometimes hermetic meditations on Dylan's life, heartily rewards the investment.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    In the end it remains an academic exercise, though a dazzlingly ambitious one that’s well worth seeing.
  6. What emerges is a speculative, critical essay about the 60s, weighted down in spots by political correctness and a conflicted desire to mock Dylan's denseness while catering to his hardcore fans, but otherwise lively, fluid, and watchable.
  7. Anyone can make a bad movie, but it takes a good filmmaker to make one as bad as I'm Not There.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 60
  2. Negative: 19 out of 60
  1. NicholasK
    Jan 11, 2009
    A Stunning example of Arthouse film, and while a lot of people understandably will not understand it (Arthouse is aimed at a niche audience). The acting is wonderful and the cinematography is beautifully mastered. A must see for art house lovers and the open minded, but if you're not an art house fan or are a piece of "Hollywood brainwashing" then this is not for you. Collapse
  2. SteveE.
    Feb 4, 2008
    I could see how someone who wasn't a Dylan fan might walk away thinking this was the worst movie ever, but I thought it was one of the most complex, beautiful, and intelligent films I have ever seen. Expand
  3. 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') Expand
  4. NickA.
    Nov 25, 2007
    Given its title in reference to an outtake off of one of Dylan
  5. Sep 3, 2010
    The many faces & phases of Bob Dylan.
    It's painfully pretentious, gruellingly long & quite disjointed.
    It's saving graces, however, are great
    performances by Heath Ledger & Cate Blanchett & of course the fantastic music.
    The film though just didn't work for me at all.
  6. RichardW.
    Jul 13, 2008
    An incoherent mess filled with great performances (Ledger, Blanchett for two) wasted.
  7. SamJ.
    Nov 22, 2007
    Completely ridiculous notices here by people who love Dylan, but may not be serious movie fans. This is a disjointed, overly stylized treatise which is often torturous to sit through. I adored Haynes' FAR FROM HEAVEN, but this is a major disappointment. Expand

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