The Number 23

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.
95 minsUSA
DramaMysteryThriller
Director:
Joel Schumacher ('Tigerland', '8MM', 'Phonebooth', 'A Time To Kill', 'Flatliners', 'Batman Forever')
Writer:
Fernley Phillips
Cast:
Jim CarreyVirginia MadsenLogan LermanDanny Huston

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The Number 23 / Reviews

Variety

Variety

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"...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Despite the undeniable conviction of the performers, the film eventually becomes more laughable than chilling...

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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...

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Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

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

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Film Threat

Film Threat

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...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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...

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BBC

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...

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