I'm Not There Reviews

  • The singular haunting beauty of I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' thrilling deep-vision meditation on the music and many lives of Bob Dylan, is that obsession isn't just its fuel -- it's the movie's spirit and subject, its driving force.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Among its many achievements, Todd Haynes's I'm Not There hurls a Molotov cocktail through the facade of the Hollywood biopic factory.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • A powerfully reverent exercise in remystification, an attempt to waft some of the clouds of glory back around the great man, clouds that might have dispersed in recent years.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Despite its inventive setup, it lacks a coherent narrative.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • An absorbing, occasionally hallucinatory disquisition on how Dylan has brilliantly eluded his audience's projections.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • I'm Not There feels like the most alive work to hit the screen in ages.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A vividly imagined homage to the evolving music and enigmatic figure we know as Bob Dylan.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • I'm Not There would make a fine exercise for graduate school analysis. I'm just not sure how well it works as a movie.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • I'm Not There is an uncompromising, beautifully wrought essay on identity, artistic and otherwise.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Todd Haynes has devised a Bob Dylan biopic that not even Dylan, for all his self-mythologizing, would have had the audacity to conceive.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • It makes Yellow Submarine look like a miracle of sober narrative.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • What Haynes does is take away the reassuring segues that argue everything flows and makes sense, and to show what's really chaos under the skin of the film.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • I appreciate Haynes' craft and ambition. I love the Ledger/Gainsbourg scenes, which are sweet and sad and delicately shaded. And Blanchett's inspired not-quite-impersonation of Dylan is reason enough to tussle with the rest of it.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • What emerges is a speculative, critical essay about the 60s, weighted down in spots by political correctness and a conflicted desire to mock Dylan's denseness while catering to his hardcore fans, but otherwise lively, fluid, and watchable.

    Jonathan Rosenbaum — Chicago Reader

  • I'm Not There is at once experimental and mainstream: Haynes juggles the facts, plays fast and loose, but serves up images, and songs that are as much a part of the collective pop consciousness as anything the 20th century produced.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Writer-director Todd Haynes has come up with the most interesting psycho-cultural-biographical mix in memory here, managing to make the film reek of the artsy '60s at the same time it unfailingly honors its subject.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • I'm Not There is brilliant, if often brilliantly surreal, filmmaking.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • I cannot believe this is the Todd Haynes who topped my ten-best list in 2002 with the magnificent, unforgettable Far From Heaven. Headed for the No. 1 spot on my ten-worst list, I'm Not There is a tumultuous disappointment.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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    Dean Essner — Variety

  • Lacks a narrative and a center, much like the "ghost" at its core.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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