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22,918 Ratings

Being John Malkovich

Directed by Spike Jonze
United States, 1999
Comedy, Sci-Fi, Drama


A lowly puppeteer takes a job as a file clerk in an office, only to discover a mysterious portal that transports a person into the mind of actor John Malkovich, only to be spit out alongside the New Jersey Turnpike fifteen minutes later.

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Being John Malkovich Directed by Spike Jonze

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1999 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize (Dreams and Visions)

1999 | Special Mention: Future Film Festival Digital Award

Academy Awards

2000 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Independent Spirit Awards

2000 | 2 wins including: Best First Feature - Over $500,000

2000 | Nominee: Best Male Lead

Critics reviews

Kudos for the lesbians, though the straight men telling their story seem only able to imagine trans or homoerotic yearnings via surreal sci-fi… Cameron Diaz, her hair frizzy, her cardigans unbecoming, lends her high and desperate voice to the conceit. It flutters over shots from Malkovich’s first-person POV: “Ohh, I feel sexy!” Catherine Keener, meanwhile, smirks archly. I found her sexually intimidating back in 2008, but now I see a lot of myself in her.
June 26, 2017
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Really, everything pales beside the mystery of the closing-credits sequence, which makes me erupt into tears every time for no reason that I can consciously discern. Something about Burwell’s plangent score + slo-mo underwater imagery + that little girl’s face.
June 02, 2012
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