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This Must Be The Place

comedy, drama

Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a retired rock star living off his royalties in Dublin, returns to New York City to find the Nazi responsible for humiliating his recently deceased father during WWII.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The plot turns are playful as well as jolting, and the visual shocks are gentle: a bison on the porch, the world's largest pistachio, Mr. Penn in his makeup.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fresh: This Must Be the Place is dazzling to behold.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fresh: Writer-director Paolo Sorrentino handles the story with surprising thoughtfulness.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Friday, November 16, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This Must Be The Place was a strange wonderful film. I loved Cheyenne. I haven't loved a character so much since Hesher. Sean Penn gives out such a great performance in this movie that I forgot that it was him. The story is unique and so interesting. I didn't read what the movie was about. I simply seen Penn all dolled up in make-up and had to see why. So I was really surprised where the story took me. Cheyenne is a washed up musician who has been out of the game for 20 years but is still famous and recognizable by most. He's kinda hard to not be noticed with his appearance. He has kinda checked out on life too so when the news of his fathers passing comes, who he hasn't seen or spoken to in 30 years, he takes the opportunity to leave Dublin and travel to find his fathers Nazi tormenter. The movie is one of the better independent films I have seen in a while. I really loved the cast. I enjoyed the music too. It really is one of those films that are only going to be loved by some and hated by others. It takes a certain taste to enjoy this strange yet intriguing story.

- LWOODS04, Tuesday, April 9, 2013

0 star

This is one of those awful "odd for the sake oddness" films, which so very hard to be something quirky and hip but only results to shoot at their own leg. Whatever director Paolo Sorrentino is trying to say with his film is not coming through and the end reult is extremely weak an pointless two hours which leads to nowhere. Things here are not helped by Sean Penn's extremely embarrasing and annoying performance. Maybe he is trying to make somekind of imitation on Ozzy Osbourne or perhaps The Cure's legendary Robert Smith, but whatever his intentions are it feels just another typically method-act from Penn, and it might be one of his weakest to date. Sorrentino manages to capture some beautiful images with his camera but that certainly does not make an film worthwile to sit through. Part character study, part road-movie and part vigilante-story, This Must Be The Place is so lost structurally that it is impossible to care anything or anybody in this weak film. On paper this film possibly had some potential with it's ambitious ideas but the execution is nonsense and sloppy.

- emilkakko, Monday, September 10, 2012

2 stars

I loved the characters in This must be the Place, Sean Penn, Judd Hirsch, Harry Dean Stanton and Frances McDormand are all wonderful as their own odd little roles. The cinematography is also exquisite, from Dublin suburbia to the Mexican desert, it all looks beautiful. It's a shame then when the story is a muddled load of nonsense that is poorly structured and bitterly underwhelming. The sound also annoyed me, I had my finger on the volume control throughout the film as it was either too loud or almost silent. I like a quirky film but the story and characters just didn't fit with the pace or style of the film. I can't help but think this film was a huge wasted opportunity, it really does sound better on paper.

- SirPant, Monday, August 20, 2012