Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
Sean Penn makes a striking screen presence in This Must Be the Place, a smart, funny and original road movie by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo").
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Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
The film believes in maturity, but only as a freely continual process of acceptance.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Few actors have played a wider variety of characters, and even fewer have done it without making it seem like a stunt.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one. And Penn is something to see.
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By Mark Jenkins
This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Eccentric, misguided and occasionally charming and sweet, this curiosity item with Sean Penn in one of his nuttier performances is unlikely to be embraced critically or commercially.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
This Must Be the Place is as emotionally zonked-out as its protagonist, and just as difficult to warm up to.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Worst of all, in promoting its hero's eccentric journey as a voyage of healing, the movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence. It turns boring and cute and begs us to love it.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
As juxtapositions go, regressed Goth rock star and Holocaust could hardly be more bizarre, and bizarre can be good when it's done deftly. In this case, however, it's done ponderously and sententiously.
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61 out of 100
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