Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

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