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Mister Lonely (2007)



Critic Consensus: Less biting or offensive than Korine's earlier works, this frustratingly dull film still maintains the director's trademark odd beauty.

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When a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris falls for a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) during a performance at a retirement home, the lovestruck pair retreats to a seaside castle in the Scottish highlands populated by a commune of reclusive impersonators. Earning a living can be a difficult endeavor in the City of Lights, and in order to make ends meet, one man has turned to mimicking the King of Pop. One day, while doing the moonwalk in an old folks home, Michael meets a beautiful Marilyn Monroe look-alike. When Marilyn suggests that Michael join her in traveling to the Scottish Highlands and move into a castle populated entirely by celebrity doppelgangers, the would-be gloved one readily accepts her invitation. Shortly after arriving at the castle, Michael and Marilyn find the commune preparing for their first-ever gala -- a lavish affair featuring appearances by Abe Lincoln, the Three Stooges, Buckwheat, Shirley Temple, Madonna, Sammy Davis Jr., and Charlie Chaplin. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Diego Luna
as Michael Jackson
Samantha Morton
as Marilyn Monroe
Denis Lavant
as Charlie Chaplin
Joseph Morgan
as James Dean
James Fox
as The Pope
Werner Herzog
as Father Umbrillo
Anita Pallenberg
as The Queen of England
Leos Carax
as Renard
Jason Pennycooke
as Sammy Davis Jr.
Richard Strange
as Abraham Lincoln
Esme Creed-Miles
as Shirley Temple
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Critic Reviews for Mister Lonely

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (34)

Besotted with its own playfulness, Mister Lonely gives off the distinct impression that it was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.

April 12, 2016 | Full Review…

This film may be Korine's most accessible as a director, featuring characters, images, and situations that are stirring and unforgettable -- even if they don't add up to a complete narrative or visual whole.

June 6, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Korine has found an evocative subject, but he remains entirely too cavalier in this attitude towards narrative coherence.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.

May 30, 2008 | Full Review…

The film doesn't work, and indeed seems to have no clear idea of what its job is, and yet (sigh) there is the temptation to forgive its trespasses simply because it is utterly, if pointlessly, original.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.

May 30, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mister Lonely



Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Very quirky, strange, and somber (almost dream-like), with sporadic moments of greatness. Harmony Korine's "Mr. Lonely" is a gem and unlike anything else out there. Sure, it lacks any sort of cohesion or common logic, but every now and then a film can throw these staples of cinema out the window and still deliver a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. This film does just that, and that's no easy feat.

Michael S
Michael S

Super Reviewer


Uh, it was all right. I didn't exactly understand it, and it's too super indie for me, without being cutesy.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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