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  • Summary: As Philip (Jason Schwartzman) awaits the publication of his second novel, he feels alienated by the constant crowds and noise of his home city, his deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his own indifference to promoting the novel. So when his idol, Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce), offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, Phlip finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject—himself. Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 23, 2014
    100
    Writer-director Perry has made a bracing and very Roth-y study of ambition and itchy literary yearning. In another time and another world, Robert Altman captured the essence of William Faulkner's landscape by filming a non-Faulkner crime story, "Thieves Like Us." This is comparable to what Perry has done here.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeff Baker
    Nov 1, 2014
    91
    A brilliantly flinty movie about writers angry at the world for failing to live up to their standards and recognize their genius.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Oct 23, 2014
    90
    While the intolerance fueling this dark, existential comedy won't be to everyone's liking, the film's cerebral beat-down is a strange and sardonic thing of beauty.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 23, 2014
    80
    The acting is outstanding. And there's a lot of humor. True, we're often laughing at Philip (when we're not cringing), instead of with him. But Perry also goes for more traditional laughs.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Nov 6, 2014
    75
    Listen Up Philip makes literary talent seem less like a blessing than a curse.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 16, 2014
    75
    In his third feature, following 2009's "Impolex" and 2011's "The Color Wheel," Perry, 30, offers a stinging portrait of writing as one of the bleeding arts. And he's bloody funny about it in the bargain.
  7. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 14, 2014
    25
    A pointless, pathetic and profoundly boring send-up of universally acknowledged anti-social author Philip Roth, Listen Up Philip is a juvenile experiment in pretentious idiosyncrasy by amateurish writer-director Alex Ross Perry. He calls his miserable protagonist Philip Friedman, but who’s kidding who?

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Oct 29, 2014
    2
    Disappointing. Really feels dated. Do people still think like this somewhere....like the NE part of the USA? Maybe. A lot of unhappy people here I guess caught up in their own self worth and how to protect it while making themselves miserable.

    Only in a tiny world could we have characters like this....but the world is not small anymore...it is really big and somebody should inform the author of this movie.
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