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      The Number 23

      2007, Mystery & thriller, 1h 37m

      189 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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      Jim Carrey has been sharp in a number of non-comedic roles, but this lurid, overheated, and self-serious potboiler is not one of them. The Number 23 is clumsy, unengaging, and mostly confusing. Read critic reviews

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      A man's (Jim Carrey) discovery of an obscure book about the number 23 leads him on a descent into darkness. As he becomes more obsessed with its contents, he becomes more convinced that it is, in fact, based on his life. To his horror, he discovers grave consequences in store for the book's main character.

      • Rating: R (Language|Disturbing Images|Sexuality|Violence)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Joel Schumacher

      • Producer: Fernley Phillips, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson

      • Writer: Fernley Phillips

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $35.1M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: New Line Cinema

      • Production Co: New Line Cinema, Contrafilm

      • Sound Mix: Dolby SRD, DTS, SDDS

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Jim Carrey
      Virginia Madsen
      Logan Lerman
      Danny Huston
      Rhona Mitra
      Patricia Belcher
      Paul Butcher
      Tommy Lenk
      K.T. Rowe
      Richard Brener
      Mike Drake
      Toby Emmerich
      Keith Goldberg
      Brooklyn Weaver
      Matthew Libatique
      Mark Stevens
      Andrew Laws
      Jon Billington
      David Sandefur
      Daniel B. Clancy
      Daniel Orlandi

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      • Nov 25, 2015

        Jim Carrey in a thriller about having an obsession with a number doesn't sound great and most critics thought that but I didn't think it was that bad it was a very hard film to watch as most of the time you're trying to keep up with the plot and adding those bloody numbers up to 23 you start to feel obsessed with 23 yourself, The film has a great plot some nice twists some were predictable and the ending should of been better but it kept me guessing how it's all connected and Jim Carrey does well in adding to the suspense and I think it deserved more credit than it got, It's a movie you can only watch once but it's also a movie that is worth watching the once.

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      • Oct 05, 2015

        It was difficult to tell if the Number 23 was an intentional joke or no. After the first hour I thought it was intentional spoof of the genre and came off as odd, but mildly interesting on account of the oddness. Then the film appears to become more serious as a mystery / thriller before making a strange turn at the end. If it was some intended cleverness, it was too clever for me, and if not then it was not clever enough.

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      • Aug 02, 2015

        An eerie concept with an incoherent and selective script. The Number 23 is a flat, discombobulated thriller with Jim Carrey at his lowest. The film's hysteria with the number and twist (which was the only plus) is more-so annoying as it is frightening. 1/5

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      • Oct 24, 2013

        A well-crafted psychological thriller, The Number 23 is subtle in its intrigue and powerful in its story. After Walter Sparrow receives a used book titled "The Number 23" for his birthday, he becomes obsessed and comes to believe that the book has a secret code in it and that it's trying to tell him something. The casting is quite good, and features Jim Carrey, Virginia Madsen, and Rhona Mitra; Carrey in particular gives an especially impressive performance. And, Joel Schumacher does an excellent job at creating a dark noir visual style that has a sense of foreboding and mystery. Still, there are some weaknesses in the storytelling; as the plot gets a little convoluted and attempts one too many twists. Though it has some problems, The Number 23 is a compelling and provocative film.

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