Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. 100
    Less a conventional biography than a performance film - one that stuns and delights.
  2. 67
    Strictly texture, a romp over the surfaces of Andy Kaufman's life with not much insight into its core.
  3. 63
    Unsuccessfully attempts to fathom Kaufman's lunatic sensibilities, supplying scant psychological insight into what made the outrageous comic tick.
  4. Less a biography than an essay on theatrical illusion and the changing nature of comedy. Love it or hate it, you've never seen anything quite like it.
  5. 100
    Actually moves, whisking the audience on a funny, sad and extraordinary journey through a singularly compelling moment in American pop culture.
  6. 88
    What is most wonderful about Man on the Moon, a very good film, is that it remains true to Kaufman's stubborn vision.
  7. 75
    Carrey's amazing transformation in Man on the Moon does justice to Kaufman's undefinable talents and his peculiar outlook on entertainment.
  8. Carrey gives an otherworldly, possessed performance as Kaufman.
  9. A fascinating, sometimes profound curiosity.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    75
    A movie of moments whose ultimate legacy may be to get Carrey out of formula comedies forever.
  11. It's not that the movie is bad; it's merely uninspired and relatively clueless about Kaufman.
  12. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Remains a frustratingly opaque study. There's something missing, namely Kaufman.
  13. Though Man on the Moon is lost when it comes to Kaufman's inner life and motivations, it offers a detailed account of his career.
  14. 50
    Milos Forman's film is a series of incredible simulations that never quite cohere into a movie.
  15. It would seem the purpose of this movie, if not to deify, is to define -- and in this it fails miserably.
  16. Reviewed by: Sarah Raskin
    80
    This Andy has "Oscar" written all over it.
  17. Jim Carrey's performance is an impersonation on the level of genius.
  18. It offers no special insights into its subject, it doesn't connect on any higher level, and it left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied and let down.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Just gives us Andy, the pop postmodernist, and permits us to make what we will of him, which is a fascinating activity.
  20. Reviewed by: Chuck Stephens
    60
    The sort of sick humor even Andy Kaufman would have recognized as well beyond the pale.
  21. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    60
    Jim Carrey is magnificent as Kaufman.
  22. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    60
    What is missing here, though it might have been the first thing expected from an ostensible film biography, is an answer to the simplest question: Who was Andy Kaufman, and how did he get that way?
  23. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    Forman's decision to stick to the surface is probably, in the end, a wise one. Kaufman always wanted to keep us guessing, and this movie respects his wishes.
  24. 60
    Though it suggests intriguing ideas about the nature of performance, humor, ambition, and the consumption of spectacle, the movie only superficially explores them.
  25. If this movie is a pedestal, it is far too tall and wide for a performer of Kaufman's stature.
  26. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    50
    Carrey's performance, and Forman's lively attempts to ask serious questions about the nature of comedy, keep it interesting. Certainly it's never dull.
  27. Unfortunately for Man on the Moon, Kaufman is definitely a person more interesting to hear about than to experience, an acquired taste few will be tempted to acquire.
  28. All credit to Carrey, whose one-man performance is almost enough to redeem the movie.
  29. 40
    Too conventional to capture Kaufman's insanity and too haphazard, too shapeless, to recapture Kaufman's energy in any meaningful way.
  30. 40
    The filmmakers don't even attempt to give Kaufman an inner life.
  31. 40
    Regretfully, the beginning of this movie is as good as it ever gets.
  32. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    I bet that what Carrey saw from inside Kaufman's head would be more illuminating than anything in the movie.
  33. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Never comes close to making the case that its subject is worthy of the viewer's interest.
  34. 60
    You won't forget the way Carrey transcends mere impersonation to find the roots of Andy's torment.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 16, 2013
    6
    Ok movie right here. Jim Carrey kills it, however, the rest of movie feels as though it's missing something, like something feels a little off (which I guess is appropriate). Full Review »
  2. Jun 3, 2012
    7
    I had no interest or connection with Andy Kaufman besides liking R.E.M and pro wrestling, but Man on the Moon proved an entertaining and enlightening biopic. The movie is well made and has a truly excellent central performance by Jim Carrey. It doesn't really inspire me to check out Kaufman's body of work but it was definitely worth watching. Full Review »
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    9
    watching it you deeply desire to know more about the person the movie is about. Man on the Moon did this for me. It gave me a deep desire to learn more about Andy Kaufman and a want to have witnessed the man before his demise (or is he still around somewhere still pulling pranks? ;) Whatever the reality is Carrey gave a performance of the life time, I can't say he portrayed Kaufman perfectly as I never really witnessed anything Andy had ever done, but if he was as Jim Carrey portrayed him than I am sure he was brilliant. Bravo to Jim and bravo Man on the Moon a movie for anyone who appreciates good drama, comedy, and a person who was so revolutionary in both that he was never was appreciated for what he did but now we can appreciate it. Full Review »