Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
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  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: Manohla Dargis
    Oct 16, 2014
    100
    Words do more than hurt, they also slash and burn in this sharp, dyspeptic, sometimes gaspingly funny exploration of art and life, men and women, being and nonbeing, and the power and limits of language.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Oct 15, 2014
    100
    The thing is, Listen Up Philip is a comedy — a howlingly funny black comedy with really sharp teeth.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Rodrigo Perez
    Jan 27, 2014
    91
    Trenchantly reflecting on the mishandling of success, blind ambition, idolatry, hero worship and the complex and competitive nature of artists in romantic relationships, Listen Up Philip is brilliantly chock-a-block with resonant observations.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jan 21, 2014
    89
    Listen Up Philip is big, sprawling and tortured, if a little lacking in focus – while funny in parts, it isn’t really a comedy.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Oct 31, 2014
    88
    Jason Schwartzman is a fine actor, but he has a knack for creating characters you want to punch in the face, and Philip, who has a second novel coming out and is intent on burning all his bridges, is almost marvelously obnoxious.
  12. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Oct 15, 2014
    83
    I can't think of anyone under 40 who plays arrogant, self-absorbed jerks more convincingly than Jason Schwartzman. I have no clue what the actor's like in real life, but if he's not a complete prick, he deserves an Oscar.
  13. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Oct 16, 2014
    82
    Those willing to commit to a fascinating story about talented and intelligent people who can also be selfish, vulnerable, strong-headed, short-sighted, and emotionally needy, however, will want to pull this one off the shelf.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  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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  2. 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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  3. 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. Full Review »