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  • Summary: Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves asDave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular celebrity tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When they discover that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a fan of the show, they land an interview with him in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. As Dave and Aaron prepare to travel to Pyongyang, their plans change when the CIA recruits them, perhaps the two least-qualified men imaginable, to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by:  Tess Hofmann
    Dec 12, 2014
    91
    Comedy is most effective when it’s taking a risk. Here, the directors took a big risk, and managed to finesse something shocking and novel out of the familiar Franco-Rogen dynamic without overplaying their hand.
  2. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Dec 23, 2014
    75
    No matter what you think of dumb comedies, The Interview, thanks allegedly to Kim, has gone from disposable to indispensible cinema. It’s a must-see movie in the context of what has happened, and will spark a discussion of, in comedy, how far is too far?
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 12, 2014
    50
    An intensely sophomoric and rampantly uneven comic takedown of an easy but worrisomely unpredictable target.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Dec 27, 2014
    50
    I didn’t laugh once, but there were several lines that, in context, got a wide fool-grin out of me.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Dec 18, 2014
    50
    The more desperately a comedy tries to be outrageous, the less likely it is to be outrageous -- or even just funny. And that's the fate that befalls The Interview, which offers a few moments of casual brilliance... but otherwise trips itself up in the threads of its contrived absurdity.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 18, 2014
    20
    In the real world, a debate has been raging over what does and doesn’t constitute torture. In the movie world, there’s no debate; watching The Interview is torture from almost start to finish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 155
  2. Negative: 42 out of 155
  1. Dec 25, 2014
    10
    Best movie I've ever seen in my entire life! I laughed through out the movie. James Franko and Seth Rogan are such a great team, especiallyBest movie I've ever seen in my entire life! I laughed through out the movie. James Franko and Seth Rogan are such a great team, especially when it comes to this movie. Expand
  2. Jan 11, 2015
    9
    You need to go into this movie with an immature attitude. If you do that, then I promise you then you will enjoy this movie. It has funnyYou need to go into this movie with an immature attitude. If you do that, then I promise you then you will enjoy this movie. It has funny references to other movies, James Franco and Seth Rogen are both fantastic in the film and I absolutely adored the "Firework" song in the movie.
    However, if you like sophisticated comedy then you most certainly will hate it. That's why a lot of people don't like it, But if you just embrace the craziness, then you'll be peeing yourself laughing.
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  3. Dec 27, 2014
    8
    Despite all the controversy behind this project, it was all worth! It may not be Rogen's funniest project, but it's filled with hilariousDespite all the controversy behind this project, it was all worth! It may not be Rogen's funniest project, but it's filled with hilarious raunchiness that he's usually known for. James Franco steals the show, the premise is mind-boggling insane and the climax is unbelievable! It may not have been fully fleshed out in structure all the way through, but there's still a lot to enjoy in this controversial comedy! I give it an A-! Expand
  4. Dec 28, 2014
    6
    This movie does not live up to Pineapple Express but it does give a few good laughs, there is also moments where you think, "that's notThis movie does not live up to Pineapple Express but it does give a few good laughs, there is also moments where you think, "that's not funny"., some of the content is accurate in relation to how North Korea misleads tourists with fake shopping centres and actors, to make their community look normal. Overall it's worth a watch but it's a so/so movie. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2015
    5
    Most of the jokes in this movie were over the top and just meant as an insult, direct, unmasked and therefore not my type of humour. I laughedMost of the jokes in this movie were over the top and just meant as an insult, direct, unmasked and therefore not my type of humour. I laughed at times at some more clever things, but most of the time the movie is quite predictable and what you see is what you get.
    If insulting people to the bone without any form of subtlety is your humour I guess you'll rather enjoy. Otherwise I advise to spend you time watching something else.
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  6. Feb 13, 2015
    4
    "The Interview" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: Seth Rogen plays the straight man in this one and is actually quite good. His
    "The Interview" 10 Scale Rating: 4.0 (Bad) ...

    The Good: Seth Rogen plays the straight man in this one and is actually quite good. His timing, one-liners, and body language are hilarious and his scenes comprise the bulk of the funny moments in the movie. The supporting cast wasn't bad either, as Randall Park and Diana Bang provided the remaining handful of chuckles. Randall Park (who played Kim Jong-un) was especially good. The story itself actually isn't a bad one and set up what should have been a solid comedy.

    The Bad: James Franco almost single-handedly ruins the film as he wasn't even remotely funny. In fact, some scenes that had good build up dropped dramatically once he started talking. Overall, the movie itself just didn't have enough truly funny moments and it seemed to panic and default to over-the-top violence and raunchiness. I don't mind either of those in my comedies, but when a film so obviously resorts to it due to a lack of any real creativity, then it's a problem. The final 20 minutes or so are especially dreadful and drop the film from merely mediocre to bad.
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  7. Feb 2, 2015
    0
    The is by far the WORST movie ever made. I wounder what got into Sony's minds that drove them to produce such idiotic, stupid, talent-less,The is by far the WORST movie ever made. I wounder what got into Sony's minds that drove them to produce such idiotic, stupid, talent-less, horrendous film. I recommend that you absolutely do NOT see this film. Expand

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