• Released
  • October 28, 2011
  • R , 2 hr 0 min
  • Comedy Drama
    Period Film
  • 378 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A journalist travels to Puerto Rico and becomes entangled with an attractive American woman.

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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....
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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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Rated R | For language, sexuality and brief drug use
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Hazy, rum-soaked cult classic in the making for adults only.
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