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  • Summary: A WWII vet plagued by excruciating headaches, dizzy spells, hearing loss and bizarre dreams, Jimmy Picard (Del Toro), a Native American Blackfoot, is labeled schizophrenic by a military hospital confused by his condition. Enter French anthropologist and Native American researcher Georges Devereux (Amalric), called in by the hospital to make sense of their baffling patient. Through increasingly vivid conversation, Picard and Devereux develop a compelling friendship as they embark on an exploration of Jimmy’s memories and dreams. [IFC Films] Collapse
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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Feb 12, 2014
    50
    Casting two great actors as doctor and patient helps a little.
  6. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Feb 13, 2014
    40
    Intellectually intriguing but sadly dull biopic.
  7. Reviewed by: Catherine Shoard
    May 26, 2013
    20
    Scenes have a habit of stopping at any second, with or without whopping soundtrack.

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  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 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. Expand

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