The Rum Diary
The Rum Diary (2011)

Based on the debut novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Tiring of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 14, 2012
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Consensus: It's colorful and amiable enough, and Depp's heart is clearly in the right place, but The Rum Diary fails to add sufficient focus to its rambling source material.

Cath Clarke
Time Out

It's funny as hell in places and touchingly warm.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Maybe Depp just doesn't want to upstage his hero.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

I'm glad Depp and Thompson were so close, and I'm sure Hunter would have been touched by the tribute. But that doesn't make it any fun for the rest of us to watch.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Writer/director Robinson is anything but disciplined... and he's more inclined to just turn the camera on and let Depp do his thing. Which Depp does very well, but as talented and watchable as he is, even he can't completely save the picture.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The supporting cast of journalistic riffraff is uniformly excellent.

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Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

An entertaining but misfired take on the formative years of famed Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Rum Diary has no mighty gonzo wind. Even with a push from its Thompson-worshipping star, Johnny Depp, it leaves our freak flag limp.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

There was a reason "The Rum Diary" didn't find a publisher until a late-in-life Thompson resurgence, and it's clearer still in this adaptation - there's no real drama here.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Depp and writer-director Bruce Robinson ("Withnail & I") pack the script with pithy Hunter-isms, hurling many of Thompson's euphonious locutions at us right from the opening scene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
Paul Kemp: Why did she have to happen? Just when I was doing so good without her.  "One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well."… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"One part outrage. One part justice. Three parts rum. Mix well."</i> American journalist Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto… More
Tired of Previews
Directed (and written) by Bruce Robinson, GK Films, 2011. Starring Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Richard Jenkins, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli and Aaron… More
Bruce Bruce
.Finally a movie that Johnny Depp does a half way decent job of acting in. About a newspaper reporter that is in P.Rico working for a newspaper whose… More
Chris Weber
Based on Hunter S. Thompson's long lost novel, this is not only a return for Johhny Depp to the world of his colleague Thompson, but also a return to the… More
Mark Walker
The last adaptation of a Hunter S. Thompson novel was Terry Gilliam's "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas". It had the talent in front of and behind… More

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