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  • Summary: Only Harmony Korine could weave Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, her daughter Shirley Temple, and flying nuns into a hypnotically funny and truly poignant tale of the instability behind fanaticism and the redemption we can hope to find in one another. The film follows a lonely MichaelOnly Harmony Korine could weave Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, her daughter Shirley Temple, and flying nuns into a hypnotically funny and truly poignant tale of the instability behind fanaticism and the redemption we can hope to find in one another. The film follows a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator who is invited by a beautiful Marilyn Monroe to a commune in the Scottish Highlands full of other impersonators, including the Queen of England, Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr., and James Dean. In a parallel storyline, the incomparable Werner Herzog plays a Latin American priest who learns his missionary of nuns can literally fly. (IFC Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Don R. Lewis
    100
    The film is damn near a masterpiece. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait so long to see what Korine will do next.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    75
    What to make of it all? Hard to say. Just to take in the fact that its soundtrack is made up of music by both J. Spaceman and Sun City Girls is to understand that this is a picture that's divided against itself in a way that's perhaps too hermetic to be comprehended.
  3. 70
    Mister Lonely, self-enclosed though it may be, nonetheless demonstrates that Mr. Korine, who showed his ability to shock and repel in earlier films, also has the power to touch, to unsettle and to charm. This is undoubtedly a small movie, but it's also more than that: it's a small, imperfect world.
  4. 50
    As in Korine's other movies, characterization is often just amplified weirdness.
  5. I'm glad Korine has pulled himself together, but the film is pretty ramshackle, full of obvious group improvisations that fail to spark and an overdose of bathos.
  6. Decidedly loopy and nonlinear, Mister Lonely is precious and artsy, but there are moments when Korine's, er, unique vision brings something bold and beautiful to the table.
  7. 25
    Occasionally there is a striking image or a moment of wounded sweetness, but mainly the film provides ample proof that it's possible to be bizarre and boring at the same time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. NickD.
    Nov 24, 2008
    10
    This movie seems very polarizing for obvious reasons. It's classically structured, but deliberately, deliriously non-linear. If This movie seems very polarizing for obvious reasons. It's classically structured, but deliberately, deliriously non-linear. If you're willing to look past its outward weirdness, there is great beauty and some truly genius film making. Korine's best yet! Expand
  2. KimT
    May 25, 2009
    10
    Amazing movie. Funny. Clever. Bittersweet. Reading behind the lines is included.
  3. martins
    Jul 9, 2009
    10
    It's incredible how blind critics and users may be, disapproving this genuinely beautiful film. Too blind.
  4. GigiM.
    May 12, 2008
    8
    Beautiful images and some amazing/funny scenes. Not for everyone though. That's okay. A little self-indulgent at times, but I still Beautiful images and some amazing/funny scenes. Not for everyone though. That's okay. A little self-indulgent at times, but I still really liked it. Happy to see Harmony Korine making movies again. Expand
  5. GeorgeM.
    May 4, 2008
    3
    A few (very few) engaging images and a few (very few) engaging performances. If you want a plot with your story, this is not the movie for A few (very few) engaging images and a few (very few) engaging performances. If you want a plot with your story, this is not the movie for you. Extremely self-indulgent film making. Expand
  6. PhilM.
    Mar 6, 2009
    2
    Nice images, boringly slow and long.
  7. FredP.
    Jul 27, 2008
    0
    I thought maybe gaining 90 pounds, getting married and moving to Tennessee would help Korine focus and make something worth watching. Nope.

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