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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"). Read full review
The film believes in maturity, but only as a freely continual process of acceptance. Read full review
Few actors have played a wider variety of characters, and even fewer have done it without making it seem like a stunt. Read full review
This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one. And Penn is something to see. Read full review
This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted. Read full review
Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there. Read full review
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. Read full review
This Must Be the Place is as emotionally zonked-out as its protagonist, and just as difficult to warm up to. Read full review
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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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. Read full review
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