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Don Jon (18)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love.

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The critical consensus

Gordon-Levitt shows promise as a director and his debut has bags of cinematic swagger. Yet between the laughs, bravado and fun cameos it's hard not to notice that the characters he's created are pretty awful and spending time in their company can be trying.

***(*)(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 17/10/2013

It doesn’t seem possible, but the boy wonder’s only gone and pulled it off. Smart, witty and more than a little melancholy, Don Jon is a fist-pumping success.

****(*)Matt Glasby, Total Film, 08/11/2013

In every sense, this is a satisfying ride.

Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 10/11/2013

This is the work of a young director reaching to impress without having fully formed ideas, and in a film about the objectification of women, it's a shame that fine actresses such as Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore are stuck in such reductive roles.

**(*)(*)(*)Philip Concannon, The Skinny, 11/11/2013

Far smarter, sexier and saltier than your average rom-com — the perfect antidote to every Hollywood fairy tale that’s ever lied to you.

****(*)Dan Jolin, Empire Online, 10/11/2013

This certainly won’t find a mainstream audience but it is fresh, well executed and entertaining. If like Jon himself the picture tries a little too hard at times then chalk that up to an eager but talented first-time director.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 13/11/2013

Fly, sprightly, sardonic – a disabused sermon on abuse - the film only starts going to hell itself when it seeks a feelgood, do-good ending.

Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 14/11/2013

Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves credit for his chutzpah.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 14/11/2013

Snap! A minor triumph that manages to raise some big laughs while delivering a thought-provoking message.

***(*)(*)Adam Woodward, Little White Lies, 14/11/2013

Despite a contrived and sentimental ending, this is an entertaining riff on men and fantasy.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 14/11/2013

Gordon-Levitt has a number of snappy visual tics up his sleeve (the repetitive rules of the game mirroring the rigmarole of confession), which veer between the cute and the cutesy before subsiding as the adolescent fixations recede, making way for more rewarding revelations.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 17/11/2013

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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