The Number 23

The Number 23

Animal control officer Walter Sparrow (Carrey) has found a book he doesn't dare put down. By reading a mysterious novel, 'The Number 23,' given to him by his wife, Walter twists his once placid existence into an inferno of psychological, paranoid torture that could possibly lead him to his death and the deaths of his loved ones. And all because of a number. Number 23 if you hadn't guessed.

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  • BBC

    Oscillating between befuddled and psychotic, Carrey makes a convincing transformation from ordinary Joe to disturbed obsessive in a role that makes good use of his manic energy... Full Review

  • What starts out as "Ace Ventura": Hex Detective mutates into a snaking noir with much paranoid numerologising as '23' pops up everywhere. The who-wrote-it revelation folds under scrutiny but it's fun getting there, Schumacher revisiting the brash stylistic tics of his '80s hit "Flatliners" with mucho gusto... Full Review

  • 1/2 'The Number 23' is nowhere near as far-fetched as the movie's eventual outcome, which is so pat it makes you wonder if Phillips wasn't writing the script for a class assignment and was simply unable to continue after "Pencils down." The Number 23 is goofy, implausible, and funny in all the wrong ways... Full Review

  • Aside from being impossible to follow, it was also completely boring... Full Review

  • The movie looks terrific, and though it always keeps moving, it never feels headlong or rushed. This is a very good movie that could have been better still: Alas, the denouement is just a little off... Full Review

  • Gimmicky numerology plus Jim Carrey minus narrative coherence equals "The Number 23," a visually and psychologically murky thriller that, given its hero's paranoid obsession with the titular number, plays like a very grungy episode of "Sesame Street"... Full Review