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Based on 29 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Worst of all, in promoting its hero's eccentric journey as a voyage of healing, the movie replaces emotional precision and intellectual honesty with syrupy sincerity and insistence. It turns boring and cute and begs us to love it. show more

  • 20
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    As juxtapositions go, regressed Goth rock star and Holocaust could hardly be more bizarre, and bizarre can be good when it's done deftly. In this case, however, it's done ponderously and sententiously. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    Eccentric, misguided and occasionally charming and sweet, this curiosity item with Sean Penn in one of his nuttier performances is unlikely to be embraced critically or commercially. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted. show more

  • 100
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    Sean Penn makes a striking screen presence in This Must Be the Place, a smart, funny and original road movie by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo"). show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Few actors have played a wider variety of characters, and even fewer have done it without making it seem like a stunt. show more

  • 88
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    The film believes in maturity, but only as a freely continual process of acceptance. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one. And Penn is something to see. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there. show more

  • 25
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    This Must Be the Place is as emotionally zonked-out as its protagonist, and just as difficult to warm up to. show more

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