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Mister Lonely

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Harmony Korine

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About the Movie

A Michael Jackson impersonator lives alone in Paris and performs on the streets to make ends meet in this indie dramedy from IFC. At a performance in a retirement home, Michael falls for a beautiful Marilyn Monroe look-alike who suggests he move to a commune of impersonators in the Scottish Highlands. At the seaside castle, Michael discovers everyone preparing for the commune's first-ever gala - Abe Lincoln, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Stooges, the Queen, the Pope, Madonna, Buckwheat, Sammy Davis, Jr... and also Marilyn's daughter, Shirley Temple and her possessive husband, Charlie Chaplin.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 70
  • Fresh: 33
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 5.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: After Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy, the director Harmony Korine evinces a kind of integrity -- he tries never to entertain, and lo, he succeeds. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Korine's most lavishly produced pic to date begins as a sweet-tempered tale of social misfits-turned-celebrity impersonators, but falls short of its ambition to say something meaningful about the obsessive nature of celebrity culture. – Scott Foundas, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: [Harmony] Korine hasn't released a feature film in nine years, and his new Mister Lonely is richer and sweeter than anything he's ever made. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion. – Tasha Robinson, Chicago Tribune, Oct 18, 2008

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Customer Reviews

better than I expected

Strange, but (mostly) in a good way. I've read reviews in which people say, sure, it's original, but it's also pointless, but I don't think that's true. Some things about this film could have been done better (more character development would have been nice, and a few sequences, like some that involved nuns jumping out of planes, struck me as out of place and unnecessary), but it did have it's share of touching, heartbreaking, funny, and thought-provoking scenes. Plus, you get to see all sorts of funny interactions, like Michael Jackson playing ping-pong with Charlie Chaplin, and the Pope sleeping with the Queen of Britain. Anyway, if you like really offbeat types of movies, you might want to give this one a chance.

Okay.....but Harmony disappointed me with this one.

I'm a huge Harmony Korine fan. He is very creative, and I love every one of his movies before Mister Lonely. Gummo being my all time favorite movie. (I have yet to see Trash Humpers) I am just very disappointed with this film. It wasn't edgy enough to be a Korine film. What happened to the Gummo days? Should I no longer expect movies like that anymore? Don't get me wrong, the movie was all right, had a very 'indie' feel to it. I was just expecting more from Harmony Korine. Hopefully hist upcoming films are better. It's worth a watch though.

When nuns fly and Michael Jackson meets Marilyn Monroe

I work at a movie theater and when I heard the thumbnail discription of this film I just dismissed it as junk but I happen to be on break and sat in on a few minutes which just happened to have the scene in which the nun is sucked from out of the airplane. As she tumbled through the sky praying for protection.......well, I won't spoil it, but from that moment I was hooked and got to see the whole thing twice during it's brief run at the theater. It s a little clunky in spots but for the most part it is a strange and beautiful fairy tale. Samantha Morton is just heatbreaking as "Marilyn". There is one scene mid way through the movie that a I have seen numerous times and has never failed to provoke deep sobs. All I will say is sheep. Anything with the great Werner Herzog alone is worth the price of admission. His scenes are brief but memorable. Take a chance on this one.

Mister Lonely
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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