|Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: December 21, 2001||CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION|
A real sentimental journey -- and luckily they've got both the right director (Darabont) and the right actor to squeeze our heartstrings.
A sweet, visually handsome sermon, but it's too dramatically bland to convert even the converted.
The story has to carry way too much weight, as war remorse battles McCarthyism. The Majestic's makers don't get what made Capra movies invigorating.
Winds up suffocating you with its aura of bogus, store-bought nostalgia.
I staggered out of this shameless, interminable movie feeling as if I'd been force-fed a ton of mealy, artificially sweetened baby food.
A mishmash of life-insurance commercials and Ronald Reagan campaign spots, this sexless orgy of self-congratulation is designed to make you feel good about Hollywood, America, and Jim Carrey -- not to mention the nation's motion picture exhibitors, who are praised at one point as the antithesis of Soviet Communism. Read full review
Carrey, unable to pretzel himself in this role, has to do a normal job of characterization, but he never fills in the blank spaces in Peter Appleton. [28 Jan 2002, p. 90]
The worst would-be-big-and-Capraesque-but-actually-bloated-and-bloviating-beyond-belief movie of the year.
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