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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 whenAs 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jun 4, 2015
    100
    Perry somehow allows his cast enough space in this meticulously authored environment to work creative wonders of their own.
  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: Scott Tobias
    Oct 15, 2014
    90
    Listen Up Philip doesn’t care to be liked. And in that, it deserves to be loved.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 16, 2014
    80
    Once you adjust to Listen Up Philip, it’s also invigorating, disturbing and frequently hilarious, but that adjustment’s not entirely painless.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Oct 17, 2014
    75
    The terrific cast all delves into the material full-bore, which contributes to its peculiar resonance. Perry may hate everyone and everything, but in making a show of it, he’s thoroughly entertaining.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 29, 2014
    70
    Technically and in his work with actors, Philip represents a great leap forward for Perry; a subsequent jump might involve presenting a central character with whom viewers could legitimately engage.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Mar 30, 2015
    10
    Excellent movie. If you liked Bored to Death then I suspect you will like this movie. I am beginning to understand that Jason Schwartzman isExcellent movie. If you liked Bored to Death then I suspect you will like this movie. I am beginning to understand that Jason Schwartzman is the king of subtle comic genius. He has a way of delivering absolutely ludicrous lines in a way that I believe. He's his own straight man. Everyone else probably already knows this, but I'm just catching on.

    This movie is really funny, but it's not going to help you figure out what to laugh at.
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  2. Mar 27, 2015
    6
    Its strong narrative and old fashioned feel reveal influences from Robert Altman and Woody Allen which allow Alex Ross Perry and his thirdIts strong narrative and old fashioned feel reveal influences from Robert Altman and Woody Allen which allow Alex Ross Perry and his third feature to give us something to really think about. Elisabeth Moss continues to impress as Schwartzman's soon-to-be ex-girlfriend. Expand
  3. 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 peopleDisappointing. 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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  4. Jun 27, 2015
    1
    Functioning as a cheap parody of Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and Louis C.K, Listen Up Philip is irritatingly edited and so far up its own assFunctioning as a cheap parody of Wes Anderson, Woody Allen and Louis C.K, Listen Up Philip is irritatingly edited and so far up its own ass that it's a wonder Philip can listen to anything at all. Expand