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Don Jon

Comedy . Drama . Romance

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

Actors: Italia Ricci , Paul Ben-Victor , Jeremy Luke , Rob Brown , Brie Larson , Glenne Headly , Tony Danza , Julianne Moore , Scarlett Johansson , Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Directors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Country: USA
Release: 2013-09-27
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  • Peter Travers

    Gordon-Levitt won't take safe for an answer. So Don Jon tends to stumble as it finds its feet. Still, you leave this movie feeling had at instead of had. The experience is elating.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Gordon-Levitt proves a natural filmmaker, nimbly staging Jon's highly amusing Catholic confessions, along with porn montages that mimic the dopamine-charged editing of "Requiem for a Dream." He also gets a terrific performance out of Tony Danza as Jon's hilariously blinkered brute of a dad.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rodrigo Perez

    A beguiling romantic comedy with a heart, soul and pulse that will pleasure you for a full 90 minutes with hardly breaking a sweat.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Catherine Bray

    As a director, Gordon-Levitt demonstrates considerable technical flair through stylistic flourishes and coaxes great performances out of his co-stars, while he remains centre stage throughout.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn?

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    [A] deceptively sincere movie about masculinity and its discontents that Mr. Gordon-Levitt, making a fine feature directing debut, shapes into a story about a young man's moral education.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    I’ll take messy, daring creativity like Gordon-Levitt’s over a formulaic fantasy any day.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A sharp turn on the romantic comedy, a movie about flawed people doing flawed things, often in funny fashion.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It's a comedy that moves with a sense of purpose, as Gordon-Levitt does in the title role.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Short, sweet, raunchy and often screamingly funny.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    Gordon-Levitt keeps things riotous for the film's first hour, and if he eases into an ending that's a little Hollywood-standard, after having so much fun tweaking form and content, I'm guessing audiences will cut him some slack.

    NPR Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Don Jon is a disarming film that proves Gordon-Levitt’s deftness both behind the camera and in front of a computer screen, writing.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Johansson gives one of her best performances as the bossy, gum-chewing Jersey girl determined to change Jon into her image of a romantic hero. Tony Danza and Glenne Headly are hilarious as Jon's parents. Gordon-Levitt proves he can act, write and direct with equal dexterity.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Don Jon deserves praise for wearing its message lightly and yet for daring to present such a lecture in today's Internet-drenched environment. Gordon-Levitt may be blithe in discussing pornography, but his movie nonetheless asserts that porn is addictive and destructive, that it intrudes on intimacy, and that it short-circuits the capacities for interaction and also, ultimately, for pleasure. That's a serious subject and a committed viewpoint, handled with wit and intelligence.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Gordon-Levitt the writer-director delivers some great laugh lines and a couple of nifty plot pivots, and Gordon-Levitt the actor gives a winning performance.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    What Don Jon is, surprisingly, is honest. R-rating aside, it should be required viewing for every 15-year-old boy on the planet.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Don Jon is about a man's unwitting search for intimacy, for real connection in a world where everyone is connected - by social media, by the Internet, by TV and computer and smartphone screens. That's not exactly an original idea. But Gordon-Levitt goes at it with gusto, and style. Give the guy some props.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Gordon-Levitt wears three hats (director, writer, actor) and all of them fit.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Don Jon is nominally a love triangle between a woman, a man and his laptop, but the movie is much more thoughtful and substantial than that, and it takes a compassionate and humane approach to all of its characters, even when they’re at their most despicable.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Behind the camera, Gordon-Levitt shows serious promise.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    In Don Jon Gordon-Levitt hasn’t made a great movie. But he has made a fun one, short and sweet, with a third act punch that is so to-the-point it’ll take your breath away.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Jamie S. Rich

    Don Jon is raunchy. The dialogue’s frank and much of what we see is explicit enough to make this a film exclusively for grown-ups. Luckily, the emotional places Gordon-Levitt takes his characters are pretty grown-up, too.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Goss

    A funny, sly directorial debut Full Review
  • Genevieve Koski

    Don Jon is a continuously entertaining and fitfully provocative first-time effort from the longtime actor.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This is a sweet, lively and funny movie rather than a fully realized one, but it makes clear that Gordon-Levitt has a natural feeling for cinema and should do more of it. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is a broad ethnic comedy, but there’s nothing broad about the wicked-smart way it’s executed.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Gordon-Levitt’s script can be a bit on-the-nose at times, but that’s an indulgence easily forgiven in a debut feature, and this ensemble winningly sells the movie’s tricky tonal mix.

    Variety Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Well made as it is, Don Jon suffers from a half-baked scenario that never manages to make its characters as intriguing as the problems that afflict its protagonist. It's a movie that shows better than it tells, even as it leaves much up to the imagination.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Don Jon is so friskily risque, with teasing glimpses of what turns Jon on and frank dialogue to match, that you don't notice the movie is stuck in a rut until Julianne Moore shows up late, offering Jon an older, wiser perspective on sex and relationships.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    What becomes increasingly apparent is that Gordon-Levitt hasn’t exactly decided what Jon’s problem is, in a character that seems partly an expression of male wish fulfilment.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Gordon-Levitt is a victim of his own success here. He plays such a convincing cad that we don’t believe or invest in his redemption.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jeremy Kay

    A fun, occasionally flabby romp that should find its audience.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    True love beckons in the guise of a dingbat played by Julianne Moore and all is right with the world. As Jon’s father, a man whose lifeblood is yelling, Tony Danza is very funny. He makes you understand what his son is escaping from.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    To Gordon-Levitt’s credit, he neatly sidesteps the moralizing message his film seems to be building toward. The hero’s problem is not that he jerks off too much; as articulated by widowed, pot-smoking classmate Julianne Moore — the only real human being onscreen — it’s that he’s never actually connected to another person through sex.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    I like Mr. Gordon-Levitt a lot as an actor, and I wish him only the best in his future work as a filmmaker. There is, however, the matter of this particular movie, an overheated disquisition on the pleasures and limitations of masturbation.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Although the film’s character portraits are vividly drawn, they remain largely one-dimensional.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    He (Gordon-Levitt) can act, and there’s a possibility he can also direct, but there’s no evidence in Don Jon that he can do both at the same time.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    As with many a first feature, Gordon-Levitt’s so-so directorial debut is pumped up with ambition. The early scenes, heavy on caricature, promise to puncture much of the cocky illusions surrounding modern relationships.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Odie Henderson

    A sex comedy that just lays there and expects you to do all the work. Gordon-Levitt's direction is repetitive and dry, and his screenplay is a collage of badly cut out pieces from other movies. Full Review
  • Andrew Schenker

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut does for porn-dependence what Shame did for sex addiction by offering a surface-level look at the effects of its specific pathology on its lead male character.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Crude, repetitive and rigorously single-minded, the popular actor’s writing and directing debut lays it all on a bit thick, as the few points the film has to make are underscored time and time again.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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