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Rated R · 119 minutes · 2011

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An adaptation of a semi-autobiographical Hunter S. Thompson novel is not expected to be exacting or linear—so at least The Rum Diary passes that test. But the movie, spearheaded by and starring the late writer’s good friend Johnny Depp, seems more lost than manic. Audiences may not know where a movie is headed, but the movie itself should, and The Rum Diary doesn’t act like it has that confidence. Depp is fine as fictionalized Thompson caricature Paul Kemp, and Giovanni Ribisi, whose overacting would drown out the intentions of a more sharply focused story, is easily the most-memorable aspect of the entire affair. Depp is tipping his cap to someone very important to him with this tribute, and that’s commendable. Almost everything else about The Rum Diary misses the mark.
Official Site: www.rumdiarythemovie.com
Director: Bruce Robinson
Producer: Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Anthony Rhulen, Robert Kravis, Graham King, Tim Headington, Patrick McCormick, George Tobia, Bill Shively, A.J. Dix, Greg Shapiro and Colin Vaines
Cast: Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Rispoli, Amber Heard, Richard Jenkins, Giovanni Ribisi, Amaury Nolasco, Marshall Bell, Bill Smitrovich, Julian Holloway, Bruno Irizarry, Enzo Cilenti, Aaron Lustig, Tisuby González, Natalia Rivera and Karen Austin

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The Coast Halifax The Rum Diary a hot mess Johnny Depp's new movie uneven, but a good time anyway by Carsten Knox 10/28/2011
Portland Mercury Fire Water The Rum Diary of a young Hunter S. Thompson. by Marjorie Skinner 10/27/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week In Time, Margin Call, The Rum Diary and other film events around town. 10/27/2011
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Creative Loafing Atlanta A rum diary: Fear and self-loathing in the multiplex A rushed faux-Hunter S. Thompson review of the latest 'Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson' Hollywood cash cow by Wyatt Williams 10/27/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 28 Justin Timberlake searches for extra years to add to his life; Zachary Quinto searches for the truth behind shady financial dealings; Puss In Boots searches for the goose that lays the golden egg; Johnny Depp searches for a juicy story and alcohol. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 10/28/2011
Style Weekly Pharmacy Island Dr. Gonzo's vivid prose gives a shot to the uneven "Rum Diary." by Wayne Melton 11/08/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Going, going, gonzo: The Rum Diary The Rum Diary may actually be a more perfectly pitched screen translation of Hunter S. Thompson than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was. by Scott Renshaw 10/27/2011
East Bay Express The Rum Diary Getting to Gonzo. by Kelly Vance 11/02/2011

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