This Must Be the Place Synopsis
An aging rock star (Sean Penn) takes on his late father's quest to find a Nazi war criminal.
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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...
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88

Slant Magazine

By Joseph Jon Lanthier
The film believes in maturity, but only as a freely continual process of acceptance.
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88

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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75

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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70

NPR

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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63

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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50

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...
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25

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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25

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...
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20

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....
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Sean Penn is fine actor

By kclud
Everytime I see a Sean Penn movie I come away saying this is one talented man. You have never seen him like this before and he's terrific. The movie is less than his performance....

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By taunam
I opted to see this film because I love both Sean Penn & Francis McDormand. The film is unique and is set in the life of a former rock star, played by Penn's character. He's wealthy, eccentric and...

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sean is great, movie sorta dumb

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Rated NR | For Some Sexual Content, Language and Brief Disturbing Images