The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

Johnny Depp again portrays legendary Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson (after 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) in this adaptation of Thompson's novel about his experiences working in Puerto Rico in the late 50s. Directed by Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I).

Depp plays Paul (the story's Thompson stand-in), a young American journalist who accepts a job working on a small newspaper in the Caribbean. Upon arrival, he finds the paper's self-destructive employees fuelled by booze and maniacal ideas. As he struggles to find his groove on the island he gets entangled in a violent love triangle as his obsessions with rum and the woman Chenault (Zombieland's Amber Heard) begin to consume him. Aaron Eckhart and Giovanni Ribisi also star.

2011Rating: M110 minsUSA
AdaptationDrama
69%
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Depp more or less reprises his role as Thompson's alter ego, once again playing a journalist whose yen for excess obscures the idealism at his core. But the film, despite its obvious intelligence and flashes of wit, doesn't bring that passion across.

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Variety

Variety

press

Depp more or less reprises his role as Thompson's alter ego, once again playing a journalist whose yen for excess obscures the idealism at his core. But the film, despite its obvious intelligence and flashes of wit, doesn't bring that passion across.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Full of affection for the late Dr T, this droll if bitty frolic is destined to form a triple bill someday with Fear And Loathing and Where The Buffalo Roam.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A mild lark disguised as a wild bender, The Rum Diary is also a touching tribute to Thompson himself.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

We have the feeling that Kemp/Thompson saw much of life through the bottom of a dirty glass and did not experience it with any precision. The film duplicates this sensation, not with much success.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In every move, Depp makes you believe this was a passion project for the actor, one he dedicates to Thompson.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A relatively mild diversion, not at all unpleasant but neither compelling nor convulsive.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A fitting tribute to Hunter and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Depp more or less reprises his role as Thompson's alter ego, once again playing a journalist whose yen for excess obscures the idealism at his core. But the film, despite its obvious intelligence and flashes of wit, doesn't bring that passion across.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Depp more or less reprises his role as Thompson's alter ego, once again playing a journalist whose yen for excess obscures the idealism at his core. But the film, despite its obvious intelligence and flashes of wit, doesn't bring that passion across.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Full of affection for the late Dr T, this droll if bitty frolic is destined to form a triple bill someday with Fear And Loathing and Where The Buffalo Roam.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A mild lark disguised as a wild bender, The Rum Diary is also a touching tribute to Thompson himself.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

We have the feeling that Kemp/Thompson saw much of life through the bottom of a dirty glass and did not experience it with any precision. The film duplicates this sensation, not with much success.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

In every move, Depp makes you believe this was a passion project for the actor, one he dedicates to Thompson.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A relatively mild diversion, not at all unpleasant but neither compelling nor convulsive.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A fitting tribute to Hunter and the demise of the American Dream, but first and foremost a thrilling and funny snapshot of a country on its knees and a writer finding his feet.

4.0
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