The Rum Diary Reviews

  • The Rum Diary
    • Genre : Adventure, Drama
    • Release Date : October 28, 2011
    • MPAA Rating : R
    • Duration : 120
    • Production Budget : 45
    • Studio : FilmDistrict
    • Official Site :
    • Reviews Rate
      Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.

    • Readers Rate
      4 of 5
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  • what's missing is a sense of dramatic urgency. The film is a colorful travelogue unsure of where it's going
    2.5 of 4 by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune ]
  • we're supposed to be witnessing the birth of a great journalist, but Hunter S. Thompson, as his career went on, got swallowed up by his mystique as an outlaw of excess. In The Rum Diary, that myth becomes an excuse for a movie to go slumming
    Review rate : C by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly ]
  • the voice issue is what troubles the film as well, but in more significant ways - Thompson found his, "Rum Diary" never does. That might have been a death sentence for the movie had not Depp been in such good form
    by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times ]
  • the fact is that while Depp's star power and money got this film made, they also mean the movie feels less like an actual film and more like retroactive setup for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," not just in Depp's performance, but in the tone and tenor
    2 of 5 by James Rocchi [MSN Movies ]
  • predictable destination
    2.5 of 4 by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone ]
  • pleasant enough, which may sound more damning
    by A.O. Scott [New York Times ]
  • nothing and no one in The Rum Diary is compelling or endearing enough to make us want to stick with it for that long
    2 of 4 by James Berardinelli [ReelViews ]
  • 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
    3 of 4 by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer ]
  • has been retroactively Hunter S. Thompson-ized. And not for the better
    2 of 4 by Ty Burr [Boston Globe ]
  • as vanity projects go, this one's a perfectly passable Hunter S. Thompson valentine
    2.5 of 4 by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel ]
  • "The Rum Diary" isn't for everyone, but fans of Thompson will find enjoyment in the relative booze-soaked calm before the psychedelic storm
    3.5 of 5 by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic ]

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