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The Number 23

HD   R Closed Captioning

Joel Schumacher

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About the Movie

Golden Globe-winner Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Bruce Almighty”) re-teams with director, Joel Schumacher (“Batman Forever,” “The Phantom of the Opera”) 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. Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Virginia Madsen (“Sideways,” “The Astronaut Farmer”) co-stars as the wife who bought him the book that causes his paranoia.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 188
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 173
  • Average Rating: 3.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The Number 23 is an accidental comedy starring a deadly serious Jim Carrey. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: For all its gimmicky numerology, The Number 23 just doesn't add up. – Tom Charity,, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Though students of formulaic screenwriting may figure this mystery out long before Walter does, there won't be much satisfaction in it because it is totally preposterous. – Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, Apr 12, 2007

Rotten: The main test of a twisty thriller is, would you watch it again? You won't, because the solution turns out to be both uncomplicated and cliche. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jul 16, 2008

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Customer Reviews

Amazing and weird at the same time

This movie is the kind of movie that makes you want to watch until the very end. And it is a very detailed movie, you really have to look for answers. It is sort of confusing but not boring. You can watch this movie over and over again until you know every line of every scene.


I actually turned this off because I was getting anxiety haha..


This movie freaked me out especially since my birthdays on the 23rd.

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