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R| 1 hr. 59 min.

Plot Summary
As the Eisenhower era draws to a close, journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) decides he's had enough of New York and takes a job in Puerto Rico. There, he becomes obsessed with Chenault (Amber Heard), the fiancee of a shady businessman named Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart), who wants to turn the pristine island into a capitalist's paradise. Recruited by Sanderson to write an article that praises an unsavory deal, Paul must decide if he will use his talents to help Sanderson, or bring him down.

Cast: Johnny Depp , Aaron Eckhart , Michael Rispoli , Amber Heard , Richard Jenkins , Giovanni Ribisi , Amaury Nolasco , Marshall Bell

Director: Bruce Robinson

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: FilmDistrict

The Rum Diary (2011)

Release Date: October 28th, 2011|1 hr. 59 min.

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fan reviews ( 32 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    At best diverting, at worst drearily conventional, The Rum Diary is pre-gonzo Thompson, before the fusion of fact and trippy fantasy that flowered into a brilliant delirium. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    That the movie is leisurely and unconventional is all part of its charm, too - until it isn't anymore. The movie is a tale of corruption, but then it's not. It's a love story, but no, not quite. Later, it flirts with becoming a great journalism tale, or at least a whimsical journalism tale, but that vein leads nowhere, too. Nor is it much of anything else. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The tale was no doubt meant to convey Kemp/Thompson's boozy aimlessness, but the film feels disjointed and meandering as a result. show more

  • June 22, 2012 Diane
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    Pretty good movie. We enjoyed it. As usual Johnny Depp is great. The view into the 60s Puerto Rico underbelly was very interesting.

  • April 02, 2012 nm00000000118082
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    it was an ok movie not having read the rum diary at first i thought the main character was suppose to be hunter s thompson then i realized it was just a character he created the story really didn\'t have much of a plot the movie felt like it wasn\'t going anywhere and when it ended i was like \"ummmm so what was this movie about???\" there were some funny parts in the movie but over all i would give it a D+ and i would suggest if you have nothing better to do rent it for a $1 at redbox.

  • February 26, 2012 tpips
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    Worse Movie ever

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'The Rum Diary' Was a Huge Flop for Johnny Depp

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Moviefone Staff on Oct 31st, 2011 2:40PM

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The Expletive-Laced, Booze-Soaked History of the 'Rum Diary' Movie

Posted by
Alex Suskind on Oct 28th, 2011 9:50AM

"Arriving half-drunk in a foreign place is hard on the nerves. You have a feeling that something is wrong, that you can't get a grip." -- Hunter S. Thompson, 'The Rum Diary' Johnny Depp and...

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