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Based on 37 Reviews
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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

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Jazzy and colorful, full of men and women in swell clothes driving cool cars, The Rum Diary has a bit of a seedily exotic Graham Greene vibe, and Robinson moves things along at a nice, casual clip, even in the film's more overheated moments. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Luckily, the cast is comfortable going with the flow. Ribisi is amusingly corrosive, while Jenkins and Rispoli are sweaty, cigar-chomping movie-journalist archetypes. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    The Rum Diary remains a relatively mild diversion, not at all unpleasant but neither compelling nor convulsive. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A big, rambling, entertaining love letter to the late Hunter S. Thompson. show more

  • 75
    Joe Holleman St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Depp shows again that he truly understands Thompson by delivering a nuanced performance that is remarkably different, but subliminally similar, from the wonderfully outrageous turn he provided in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    We have the feeling that Kemp/Thompson saw much of life through the bottom of a dirty glass and did not experience it with any precision. The film duplicates this sensation, not with much success. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    There isn't a sophisticated or "adult" perspective to be found in The Rum Diary. 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

  • February 15, 2012 shane6ball
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    I love Hunter S. , and Johnny is probably my favorite actor....but this one left me saying..\" WHAT !!!!!\" at the end. It was Eh..the whole time. yes a couple twisted Hunter lines, but

  • February 01, 2012 yq00000000111206
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    Meh - maybe if you love Depp or Hunter S. Thompson or if you love that Depp loves Thompson. Otherwise, pretty mediocre.

  • January 09, 2012 Bettcha_I_Will
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    what can i say ,,,,,,,, it`s Mr. Depp!!

  • November 26, 2011 Kelsey
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    This was a good movie. It was interesting and entertaining, and it didn\'t need any special effects to make it good. Johnny Depp and company were excellent, and the movie had a good story. It was good and thought-provoking, with plenty of good humor--and nobody in the theater fell asleep.

  • November 11, 2011 jambi46
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    Do not waste your money on this film. Several people walked out with 20 minutes remaining. I would have rather caught up on my infomercials. Johnny you can (and have done)somuch better!

  • November 10, 2011 sheenak86
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    I FELL ASLEEP in the theater!!! With still an hour left to go. Yea it was funny once every 30 minutes but still damn, we left with 45 min left to go. Don\'t waste your money.

  • November 09, 2011 enprovences
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    OMG! i wasn\'t sure I could even make it to the end...THAT BAD

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