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100
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").
88
The film believes in maturity, but only as a freely continual process of acceptance.
88
Few actors have played a wider variety of characters, and even fewer have done it without making it seem like a stunt.
75
This isn't a great movie, but it is a special one. And Penn is something to see.
70
This mashup of genres and themes doesn't entirely succeed, but it is warm, funny and ably crafted.
63
Penn has created a colorful tour guide, but in This Must Be the Place, there's no there there.
60
If the movie doesn't entirely get past its hard-to-buy premise, director Paolo Sorrentino does have the courage of his convictions, not just embracing every contradiction but spinning many of the story's contrivances into moments of strange, aching beauty.
50
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.
25
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.
25
This Must Be the Place is as emotionally zonked-out as its protagonist, and just as difficult to warm up to.
20
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.

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