The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary
The Rum Diary
  • R
  • 2h 0m
  • 2011
Rotten51%
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Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, THE RUM DIARY, follows journalist Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) on an alcohol-fueled journey across the island of Puerto Rico where he finds himself caught between a shady American businessman, a beautiful woman, and several bottles of booze.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten51%
Critics Consensus: It's colorful and amiable enough, and Depp's heart is clearly in the right place, but The Rum Diary fails to add sufficient focus to its rambling source material.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Fresh

The film looks good and Robinson gives his actors lines they can spit out with some relish.

December 14, 2018
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

Depp, that purring Persian cat of an actor, never looks drunk or scared or angry in any way, and t...

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Dan Brightmore
Fresh

A rare glimpse into the mind of the gonzo writer and among Depp's best work.

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Cath Clarke
Fresh

It's funny as hell in places and touchingly warm.

June 22, 2017
Toronto Star
Peter Howell
Rotten

Writer/director Robinson is anything but disciplined... and he's more inclined to just turn the ca...

December 14, 2018
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Hazy, rum-soaked cult classic in the making for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie based on the 1960s novel by notorious gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson has nonstop drinking, drug use, and strong language. As in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Johnny Depp portrays the writer on screen, but this definitely isn't a movie for the actor's younger fans. Swearing is constant, especially "f--k," and characters drink almost obsessively. Although there's more drinking than drugs, the drugs that are used cause hallucinations. Violence comes mostly in the form of threats, but there are brief squabbles, cuts and bruises, burns, and beatings. There's also plenty of sexual innuendo and suggestions of sex, but no actual nudity. Directed by cult filmmaker Bruce Robinson, The Rum Diary has all the ingredients of a cult classic in the making, but only for adults.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:October 28, 2011
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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