Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Feb 14, 2014
    88
    The movie offers the most psychologically complex screen portrait of a Native American character in at least twenty years, probably more.
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Feb 11, 2014
    80
    Amalric's impish dexterity and Del Toro's mild catatonia make for a memorable mismatch, but Jimmy P.'s profound slow burn might be too clinical for some to consider dramatic.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 11, 2014
    80
    Del Toro and Amalric’s concentrated performances — the former resigned and shell-shocked, the latter agitated and servile — have an anguished grandeur.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 14, 2014
    75
    And if the narrative does drag in places, Amalric and Del Toro could hardly be better; the contrast between their styles fits ideally the characters of excitable analyst and impassive patient.
  5. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 13, 2014
    70
    This is a calm film about strong emotions, but it does find a reservoir of intensity in the two central performances, in particular Mr. Del Toro’s.
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 26, 2013
    70
    The whole project is saved largely thanks to the subtext of ethnic discrimination that runs through the film, and two riveting central performances, which overcome a wobbly start to find emotional balance by the final reel.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    May 26, 2013
    70
    Jimmy P. is never better than when its two leads share the screen, a relationship all the more resonant and moving for Desplechin’s refusal to make it cutesy or contrived.
  8. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Oct 22, 2013
    63
    Too often Jimmy P. seems to struggle in making its interesting ideas apparent, leaving them stranded beneath the dry surface of an otherwise ordinary procedural.
  9. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 13, 2014
    60
    There’s a sense with Jimmy P. that Desplechin and his co-screenwriters, Julie Peyr and film critic Kent Jones, are doing everything they can to steer away from contrivance and stick as closely to Devereux’s recollection as possible. What they’re left with is a rigorous, keenly intelligent therapy session that’s largely absent of dramatic tension.
  10. Reviewed by: Geoff Andrew
    May 26, 2013
    60
    Desplechin’s film is a modest but very passable affair.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Feb 12, 2014
    50
    Casting two great actors as doctor and patient helps a little.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    May 26, 2013
    50
    The problem is that the movie becomes more focused on diagnosis than character, and so what eventually unfolds is a meandering picture that only too late in the game leans toward highlighting any kind of thematic undercurrent while introducing romantic interests for the leads that do little but pad out an already too long running time.
  13. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    Intellectually intriguing but sadly dull biopic.
  14. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Oct 22, 2013
    30
    It’s just boring – and boring in a way that apparently has no endgame.
  15. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 12, 2014
    25
    Del Toro overdoes the anguish to the point of looking like he’s playing advanced constipation, and the film, by France’s Arnaud Desplechin, gets stuck in an endless series of therapy scenes built around cheesy re-enactments of Jimmy P’s dreams.
  16. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    May 26, 2013
    20
    Scenes have a habit of stopping at any second, with or without whopping soundtrack.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Lyn
    Jul 19, 2014
    8
    I hope that fans of the HBO series "In Treatment" will find this movie. It's probably of greatest interest to us armchair psychology types whoI hope that fans of the HBO series "In Treatment" will find this movie. It's probably of greatest interest to us armchair psychology types who are fascinated by what makes people tick. It is talky,of course, and could be better edited. But I found it a fascinating exploration of how a person's experience can lead to debilitating psychic and physical symptoms -- and how he can recover. The lead actors, Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, are so amazing ... BDT grave and searching, MA mercurial and insightful ... that it's impossible to picture anyone else in their roles. Full Review »