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Listen Up Philip

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Alex Ross Perry

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About the Movie

Listen Up Philip is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject — himself.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 104
  • Fresh: 87
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: While the intolerance fueling this dark, existential comedy won't be to everyone's liking, the film's cerebral beat-down is a strange and sardonic thing of beauty. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Oct 23, 2014

Fresh: But while you'd think audiences would barely even register a cad any more, two new movies - 'Listen Up Philip' and 'Force Majeure' - resurrect the breed with leading men who are almost impossible to empathize with, but compelling nonetheless – Bob Mondello, NPR, Oct 24, 2014

Fresh: Writer-director Perry has made a bracing and very Roth-y study of ambition and itchy literary yearning. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Oct 23, 2014

Rotten: If Philip showed a bit of personality beyond being a boor and a bore, he might be worth almost two hours of attention. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov 13, 2014

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Customer Reviews

I hated this movie

If you’re looking for a great portrait of a bored, miserable, narcissist, this is your film!


I enjoyed the narrator, but thats about it.


I’m grateful this movie exists so that from now on, whenever I meet somebody who relates to it, I’ll know to stay the hell away from them.

Listen Up Philip
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2014

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