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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    So what if nothing is revealed. Todd Haynes is a mischievous visionary who puts the music and the myth of Bob Dylan before us in I'm Not There and dares us not to revel in the troubadour's poetic, contentious, ever-changing essence. It's a feast for the eyes, the ears and the Dylanologist scratching around our minds and hearts. show more

  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Anyone can make a bad movie, but it takes a good filmmaker to make one as bad as I'm Not There. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    It's not nearly as enjoyable as one of his rambling, meditative songs, though perhaps it is aspiring to be the cinematic equivalent. Give me "Tangled Up in Blue" any day over this incoherent, tangled trip. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A loopy, surreal, beguiling collage of a film, the writer-director's meta-biopic embraces its subject. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Some of it is brilliant, some is tedious and some is just plain incoherent. show more

  • 70
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    The star of the show is undoubtedly Blanchett, who has great fun playing Dylan as a showboat who quite knowingly goes about creating his reputation for rebellious independence. show more

  • 100
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The strangest thing about Todd Haynes's new movie isn't that he cast six actors to play the various faces and phases of Bob Dylan. It's that he needed only six. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What Haynes does is take away the reassuring segues that argue everything flows and makes sense, and to show what's really chaos under the skin of the film. show more

  • 88
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Haynes's picture may not be perfect -- hell, I'm not even sure that perfection is a state it even aspires to -- but it's bold and individualistic and accomplished. A reason to take heart for the state of current American moviemaking. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    A lot of chaotic fun. show more

  • May 22, 2008 chr0mek1tty
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    This movie was so bad I thought I was going to die of torturous boredom in the theater. Seriously! I even gasped outloud at the 2 hour mark "It's not over yet!!??" I even considered killing myself to avoid seeing any more of the 2 hour plus torture - my son paid for the tickets so I stayed. The acting was marvelous, the script was interesting at moments, but the story was so bad and the visuals were so lame and ridiculous it was like watching a movie your friends made for a college 101 film class - except they had professional actors - and it was unjustly long. The direction was clumsy and the camera angles were distant and lacked any input into the film. All the drama was watered down to the point of just being annoying as though the director refused to allow any true drama to leak out of the film. It left me feeling very aware that the seats in the theater were too small and my knees were cramping instead of getting lost in another reality. This director should refrain from ever making any movies ever again - or least until he graduates from film school - cause don't tell me that guy know jack about film making. That was worse than any movie I've ever had to sit through - ever and I'm going to be 50 years old soon. That's alot of movies to say that. Whatever you do, don't see this movie!!!! Not even if someone pays for your ticket!!!!

  • May 22, 2008 classicrocker66
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    This movie has two of the best performances I have ever seen, two very good performances, one good actor working with nothing, and one absurd miscast. Cate Blanchett deserves her Oscar nomination as Dylan in his mid-60's heyday and Marcus Carl Franklin was cheated out of one as the pre-fame Dylan. That kid was incredible. Richard Gere was surprisingly good as the Country-Rock Dylan of Nashville Skyline and John Wesley Harding. In fact the character was an old Billy the Kid, and Dylan wrote the soundtrack to the movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. This guy I'd never heard of was very intriguing as a Dylan/Arthur Rimbaud. However Heath Ledger was given a soap opera script and Christian Bale was incredibly miscast as the protest singing Dylan. Todd Haynes makes up for this in that he is an incredibly inventive, even brilliant filmmaker. He makes six different actors playing the same real life person, but six different characters coherent and thoroughly enjoyable. Haynes and Franklin were inexcusably shut from Oscar nominations, and now Ledger is getting good reviews for his performance because he just died. But any fan of Bob Dylan or great acting or strikingly original filmmaking would love this. I'm a fan of all three.

  • May 22, 2008 Kathy
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    The movie I am not there, was not there. By the end of the Movie my friend and I and one other couple were the only fourpeople left in the show. We waited and waited for something to show us this movie was worthwhile, it never happened. Who ever wrote this screen play had to be on something heavy.

  • May 22, 2008 FredGarr
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    I've been an avid Dylan fan since just before his first album "Bob Dylan" was released. Back then I saw him I Gerdie's and at the fountain in Washington Square Park, playing on a Sunday afternoon. I currently possess almost every recording he has made. As a result, "I'm Not There" was an exciting experience for me.I believe every devoted Dylan fan will love and adore this film. It will take a knowledgeable fan to appreciate the mastery of the development of this film. To my surprise, Cate Blanchet was fabulous as Dylan.I, as a Dylan devotee' give this film the highest rating possible. For non-thinkers and non-believers (of Dylan), don't bother seeing it. You don't have the capacity to understand or enjoy the "depth" of this brilliant work of art.

  • May 22, 2008 kabijonyc
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    If you don't have one, forget it and don't waste your time. The film has Fellini references, lyrical references, and references of references. It busts down the door of what a film should be. There were trippy moments, beautiful moments, and some that confused me (I do *not* know everything about Dylan, but I was compelled to learn after watching I'm Not There). Job well done.

  • May 22, 2008 CAROL
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    This is the worst moie I have seen in years.I wanted to leave, but stayed because of Cate Blanchet.She was the only one that was good.I am surprisd that Heath Ledger

  • May 22, 2008 John
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    If time permits, I'll glad recountTo you of days without surmount;Of days when I'd this country roam,Bereft of hope, honor....home.How in Winter I'd try eludeThe killing cold and meager food,To what I thought were kinder climes,And kinder souls to match the times.In the south too, the eves harassIn exacting similitude to freeze your a__,And keep you moving, on and on,Till you're everywhere and nowhere,here and gone.But by and large I can't complain,For me it is over, hell by name;I have found a home, a job, a goal;God bless us one and every soulI owe thanks to many outstretched hands,For the many meager, tenuous strandsWhich formed the life-line of my life,Which eased my pain, and eased my strife.As the deputy Festus might say..."Thanks Mr.Dylan!"

  • May 22, 2008 seyidda
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    It was a Felliniesque movie without Fellini

  • May 22, 2008 valleymazz67
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    Fine film, an experience with a exceptional, amazing, fantastic performance by CATE BLANCHET. She is a force to be reckoned with. Both she and MERYL STREEP are today's finest actress's. CATE...another OSCAR worthy performance. CHEERS!!!!

  • May 22, 2008 aprilsea
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    This movie is like a surrealistic dream of someone on acid. For a look at the life and times of Dylan watch Scorceses documentary, its alot more interesting and sounds way better. Cate Blanchet was the only redeeming quality as Dylan.If a fan of Cate , see the movie but for no other reason.

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