The Majestic 2001

Critics score:
42 / 100

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Glenn Lovell, 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. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: It's a picture that gets past all your defenses. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: I thought it could have been a little tighter, but I am recommending it. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: A derivative, self-satisfied fable that couldn't be more treacly and simple-minded if it tried. Read more

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Even for those to whom rank cynicism comes hard, The Majestic must seem hopelessly derivative, contrived, manipulative and, finally, insulting. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: The ghost of Frank Capra haunts the movie so fiercely, audiences may pray for an exorcist. Read more

Elvis Mitchell, New York Times: Lazy, heavy-handed nostalgia. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: I never thought I'd say anything like this, but it makes you long for Ace Ventura. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Well-intentioned, but nearly every scene feels dragged out. Read more

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Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: [Darabont] makes us care about the characters and their dilemmas; he's made this old-fashioned tale vital and engaging. Read more

Paul Clinton (, Ultimately, this movie is so sappy, every maple tree in the country will be green with envy. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: 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. Read more

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Liam Lacey, 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. Read more

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Rex Reed, 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. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: For those craving a large helping of nostalgia with a topping of crowd-pleasing patriotism, there are few choices better than The Majestic. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Charles Taylor, One of those movies that makes you feel as if the national IQ was dropping while you're watching it. Read more

Bob Graham, 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. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

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Claudia Puig, USA Today: A pale imitation [of Capra's films] that challenges credulity and tries too hard to win our hearts with schmaltz. Read more

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J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Marks a steep downturn in Jim Carrey's career. Read more