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San Jose Mercury News:
At 2 1/2 hours, this movie is about an hour too long, and this makes an obvious story obnoxious in the extreme.
A treacly, synthetic and wildly overlong drama that aspires to Frank Capra-style uplift, but winds up suffocating you with its aura of bogus, store-bought nostalgia.
Los Angeles Times:
A derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried.
Even for those to whom rank cynicism comes hard, The Majestic must seem hopelessly derivative, contrived, manipulative and, finally, insulting.
I never thought I'd say anything like this, but it makes you long for Ace Ventura.
[Darabont] makes us care about the characters and their dilemmas; he's made this old-fashioned tale vital and engaging.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Ultimately, this movie is so sappy, every maple tree in the country will be green with envy.
Even Capra would blanch, if he could stay awake, at Darabont's attempt to force-feed such hollow, phony and insincere sentimentality as infuses Majestic.
Globe and Mail:
This 2 1/2-hour celebration of small-town America, the magic of the movies and free speech is so broadly manipulative and simplistic, it risks giving all three of them a bad name.
New York Observer:
Carrey gets the best role of his own career -- and plays it with tenderness, valor, bravery and deeply moving conviction. I find him positively captivating.
For those craving a large helping of nostalgia with a topping of crowd-pleasing patriotism, there are few choices better than The Majestic.
It tells a full story with three acts, it introduces characters we get to know and care about, and it has something it passionately wants to say.
One of those movies that makes you feel as if the national IQ was dropping while you're watching it.
San Francisco Chronicle:
I think Americans are in the mood today for a sentimental movie about their values, and, frankly, it's wonderful to see people get teary-eyed over the First Amendment.
Mr. Carrey may go to both Washington and a version of Bedford Falls in The Majestic, but he is neither the Jefferson Smith nor George Bailey of Stewart's best-loved films.
A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz.