Being John Malkovich

Lists: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Brief Synopsis: "Spike Jonze’s debut feature film is a love story mix of comedy and fantasy. The story is about an unsuccessful puppeteer named Craig, who one day at work finds a portal into the head of actor John Malkovich. The portal soon becomes a passion for anybody who enters it’s mad and controlling world of overtaking another human body."

Overall Ranking: 681 (Rank from 1999: # 18)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 57.14%
Regular 14.29%
Half-Popped 28.57%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review
Alex Hunt Essentials97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Dan O'Neill95(full review)
Thomas Pollock90
Rob from GuysFilmQuest78
Patrick Devitt60
Bryan Lienesch57 - Truly bizarre.

People Involved

  • John Malkovich (John Horatio Malkovich)
  • John Cusack (Craig Schwartz)
  • Cameron Diaz (Lotte Schwartz)
  • Mary Kay Place (Floris)
  • Orson Bean (Dr. Lester)
  • Catherine Keener (Maxine Lund)
  • Octavia Spencer (Woman in Elevator)
  • Ned Bellamy (Derek Mantini)
  • Eric Weinstein (Father at Puppet Show)
  • Madison Lanc (Daughter at Puppet Show)
  • K.K. Dodds (Wendy)
  • Reginald C. Hayes (Don)
  • Byrne Piven (Captain Mertin)
  • Judith Wetzell (Tiny Woman)
  • Kevin Carroll (Cab Driver)
  • Willie Garson (Guy in Restaurant)
  • W. Earl Brown (First J.M. Inc. Customer)
  • Charlie Sheen (Charlie)
  • Gerald Emerick (Sad Man in Line)
  • Bill M. Ryusaki (Mr. Hiroshi)
  • Spike Jonze (Derek Mantinis Assistant for Emily Dickinson Puppet)
  • Sean Penn (Himself)
  • Brad Pitt (Himself)
  • David Fincher (Christopher Bing)
  • Spike Jonze (Director)