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I Love You Phillip Morris

7/10
Crime . Biography . Romance . Drama . Comedy
 

Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Virginia police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences.

 
Actors: Trey Burvant , Sean Boyd , Michael Beasley , Tony Bentley , Nicholas Alexander , Brennan Brown , Rodrigo Santoro , Leslie Mann , Ewan McGregor , Jim Carrey
Directors: Glenn Ficarra , John Requa
Country: FRANCE , USA
Release: 2011-01-07
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  • Steve Persall

    Think "Catch Me If You Can" mashed up with "Brokeback Mountain" if Mel Brooks directed and you'll get the idea.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's the beaming movie-star intensity of the complicated comic Carrey in the role of the dominant lover and Obi-Wan Kenobi McGregor as the gentle beloved that makes this unfettered, stranger-than-fiction picture pop.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A Jim Carrey movie all the way: a good one, I might add. With his manic glare, ferociously eager smile, hyperkinetic body language and talent for instant self-transformation, Mr. Carrey has rarely been more charismatic on the screen.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Less of a comedy than a hilarious tragedy, I Love You Phillip Morris stars Jim Carrey in his most complicated comedic role since "The Cable Guy."

    Variety Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Nothing tops ILYPM's Jim Carrey ... in the most gloriously raunchy, unrepentant moment in the an(n)als of Hollywood A-listers doing gay-for-pay.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It is Carrey, turning his patented rubber-faced, rubber-voiced shtick loose on a role with heart, substance and entertainment value, who makes this romantic farce a movie too good to sit on any studio's shelf.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Carrey makes the role seem effortless; he deceives as spontaneously as others breathe.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Ficarra and Requa are more comfortable being bad: The nastier the film gets, the better it is.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    One of the funniest films of the year, this is a wonderful mix of old-school Carrey outrageousness with a genuinely touching - and very modern - love story.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    "Liar Liar" meets Obi-Wan? Who'da thunk even fearless star power could make these two work as a romantic pair? But both stars prove to be enormous fun in a gay love story played straight in a thoroughly crooked context.

    NPR Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Carrey provides one of his most whacked-out and enjoyable performances.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    McGregor, playing his lover, is a perfect foil: gentle, funny, magnetic.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The performance often errs on the side of cartoon, but it's laced with flashes of remorse and chagrin, with sincerity. When Carrey tries to do "dramatic acting'' the life always goes of out him.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's one crazy love story, but Carrey and McGregor make it work by making us buy the romance as the real thing. There's something about these Marys that pulls you in.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    This is a love story in which one of the partners repeatedly does some really bad stuff, and while it's easy enough to admire him for his ability to get away with it all, it's harder to square the way he so cheerfully dupes innocent people, including his beloved.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It's a welcome alternative to the homogenized Hollywood releases that proliferate during the holiday season.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kerry Lengel

    If you're a fan of provocative, offbeat films such as "My Own Private Idaho" or "The Crying Game," you might want to give "Phillip Morris" a chance.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Likable but uneven comedy by writer-directors Glenn Ficara and John Requa (Bad Santa).

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Ultimately, the plot (irrespective of how faithful it is to real life) isn't the problem - it's the unevenness with which co-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (both making their directorial debuts) approach it that limits the film's success and mutes the experience of sitting through it.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    People who like their comedies pitch black (we're talking midnight, no stars or moon) should get a kick out of the tale of Steven Russell (Carrey).

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    I Love You Phillip Morris is tragedy, or something close to it, decked out in comedy's clothes.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    At best, I Love You Phillip Morris may be hailed as a necessary step in Hollywood's fearful crawl toward sexual evenhandedness; the film upholds the constitutional right of every gay man to be as much of a liar, a crook, and a creep as the rest of us. Makes you proud.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The movie, at its best, is compellingly odd, which is also the most accurate description of Carrey's performance.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Carrey fearlessly gives it his best shot, but this fundamental schizophrenia strong-armed me out of the film, and left me feeling like McGregor's more grounded performance existed in another movie entirely.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    There's plenty to scratch your head about here. Is it a drama? A comedy? And if it's a farce, what's it making fun of?

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    It's clear from first frame to last that the filmmakers decided to go broad, very broad, with a story that swings between hysterical, hyper-sexual, bizarre, surprisingly tender and just plain awful. This is one mixed bag of a movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    This is an oddball tale that is well worth telling, but Mr. Carrey simply cannot resist turning it into a Three Stooges routine in drag.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    A tonally confused, fitfully entertaining film about a pathologically two-faced man.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Barrels around in manic fashion much like Carrey does in most of his movies. He's meant to be a fool for love, but mostly he's just bonkers.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It's confused and confusing, by turns hilarious and off-putting. In short, it's awfully hard to love I Love You Philip Morris.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Unfortunately, as the opening title might suggest, the filmmakers have punted on the hard cinematic work of making the incredible seem credible; instead they've turned Russell's story into a broad farce with one wocka-wocka gag after another.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    I Love You Phillip Morris not only blasts gay stereotypes back decades, it could actually make people wish for a third "Ace Ventura" movie. Both of those are an accomplishment, though neither is a compliment.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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