Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story 2005

Critics score:
50 / 100

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Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Malkovich's performance, and the irresistible concept of an anonymous man dining out on a false identity, carries the film along giddily, and Cook wisely keeps Color Me Kubrick short and deliciously tart. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: John Malkovich has one of the roles of his life, and he acts it up like a haughty gourmet who's just picked up a succulent treat. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: The movie is endless even at less than 90 minutes. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: Writer Anthony Frewin and director Brian Cook uses Conway's unlikely saga to mount an appreciative send-up of a certain style of gay extravagance, with John Malkovich having a field day as Conway. Read more

Hap Erstein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: A ludicrous, but entertaining look at a real-life Kubrick impersonator, played with over-the-top glee by Malkovich. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: It literally only has one idea in its head, and when that idea runs dry, it's as lost as Conway is without his plethora of Kubrick masks. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The movie never convinces us there's anyone there to expose, though, and Malkovich flits from scene to scene without ever anchoring Conway in a lasting reality. Read more

Ed Gonzalez, Los Angeles Times: Scarcely an insightful biographical portrait, Color Me Kubrick is still interesting, perhaps even intimidating, as a study of the way fandom can so readily be turned against itself. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: One problem is that Malkovich gets free rein to be Malkovich, the often showy actor, rather than Conway, a humble London travel agent. It's a grandstanding performance that's more about hamminess than substance. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Malkovich captures not only the nuttiness of Conway, with his smorgasbord of foreign-sounding accents, but also his pathos. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Not only is there nothing there, the nothingness is a complete bore. When a film's highpoint is a soundtrack that relies heavily on other soundtracks, you've got problems. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The film reveals, rather delectably, how potent the power of suggestion can be in a world gone madly groupie. Read more

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press: The irony of Color Me Kubrick is that the visual tricks merely serve as a backdrop for Malkovich's inspired high-wire performance. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: You can almost see the invective splattering all over the storyline. And Malkovich's camping and vamping, however perversely entertaining it is to behold, can neutralize the venom only so much. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Director and co-writer Brian Cook was Kubrick's assistant director on The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut and he fills the film with subtle touches and sly in-jokes. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Great fun for the first 20 minutes but seems long at 86. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, A mean-spirited, trashy and intermittently funny film. Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: Colour Me Kubrick is a somewhat fictionalized accounting of this amazing but true story. The filmmakers have wisely turned it into a comedy, and a wickedly entertaining one at that. Read more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Read more

Mark Holcomb, Time Out: It's an impressive moving wax museum, certainly, but even metatextual follies eventually need a pulse. Read more

Lisa Nesselson, Variety: Read more

Nathan Lee, Village Voice: A shapeless, low-grade comedy of flamboyance, giggling at Conway's histrionics and fishnet gloving. Read more

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post: Color Me Kubrick is like a nice, deep, clear cocktail of ammonia on the rocks: bracing, comic, astonishing, all of which hide its poison center. Read more