The Number 23

The Number 23
The Number 23
  • R
  • 1h 35m
  • 2007
Rotten8%
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Jim Carrey reteams with his Batman Forever director, Joel Schumacher, for this dark psychological thriller, which revolves around a man who becomes haunted by the fact that he's reading a book about his own life . . . and that the book ends in his murder. The Number 23 is both the title of the film and the book within the film, and the number 23 is intertwined in the plot of the novel and, therefore, the man's real life.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten8%
Critics Consensus: Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing.
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Entertainment Weekly
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June 21, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
George Palathingal
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This thriller's biggest mistake is its belief that it's as clever and original as it is visually s...

June 21, 2017
Film.com
Jonathan F. Richards
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Pretty much every important date in history...can be teased to fit the pattern. What can't be hamm...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Absurd, dark, and a miscast Jim Carrey. Yuck.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this isn't a Jim Carrey comedy. It's a thriller in which suicides are epidemic (three characters take their own lives -- or try to -- in often-bloody detail). The surreal, MTV-style filmmaking unfortunately makes at least one of the suicide victims look like a gauzy Victoria's Secret model who's ready for a turn on the fashion runway -- not a good message to send. There's also a subplot about a girl who likes to have kinky, abusive sex. Other violence includes murder (usually offscreen) and the threat of murder; there's also some language and drinking.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:February 23, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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