75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Jazzy and colorful, full of men and women in swell clothes driving cool cars, The Rum Diary has a bit of a seedily exotic Graham Greene vibe, and Robinson moves things along at a nice, casual clip, even in the film's more overheated moments.
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75

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
A big, rambling, entertaining love letter to the late Hunter S. Thompson.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Holleman
Depp shows again that he truly understands Thompson by delivering a nuanced performance that is remarkably different, but subliminally similar, from the wonderfully outrageous turn he provided in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
At best diverting, at worst drearily conventional, The Rum Diary is pre-gonzo Thompson, before the fusion of fact and trippy fantasy that flowered into a brilliant delirium.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The tale was no doubt meant to convey Kemp/Thompson's boozy aimlessness, but the film feels disjointed and meandering as a result.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Luckily, the cast is comfortable going with the flow. Ribisi is amusingly corrosive, while Jenkins and Rispoli are sweaty, cigar-chomping movie-journalist archetypes.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Rum Diary has been retroactively Hunter S. Thompson-ized. And not for the better.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
That the movie is leisurely and unconventional is all part of its charm, too - until it isn't anymore. The movie is a tale of corruption, but then it's not. It's a love story, but no, not quite. Later, it flirts with becoming a great journalism tale, or at least a whimsical journalism tale, but that vein leads nowhere, too. Nor is it much of anything else.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
To the audience, this stuff seems like awfully old news. We're supposed to be witnessing the birth of a great journalist, but Hunter S. Thompson, as his career went on, got swallowed up by his mystique as an outlaw of excess. In The Rum Diary, that myth becomes an excuse for a movie to go slumming.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The Rum Diary remains a relatively mild diversion, not at all unpleasant but neither compelling nor convulsive.
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56 out of 100
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