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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 2 out of 32
  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: Emma Myers
    Jan 27, 2014
    91
    Like its central character, Listen Up Philip exudes a kind of highbrow affectation that charms more than it alienates.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Feb 11, 2014
    90
    It’s a familiar tale, but one told by Perry with immense filmmaking verve and novelistic flourish, and acted by an exceptional ensemble cast.
  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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  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 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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