Rum Diary, The

Lists: Comedy, Absurdist comedy, Biopic

Brief Synopsis: "Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, itinerant journalist Paul Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman. Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway’s “The Lost Generation,” Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenaults and her fiancée Sanderson, a businessman involved in shady property development deals.  It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man."

Overall Ranking: 2665 (Rank from 2011: # 136)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 18.18%
Half-Popped 72.73%
Stale 9.09%
Burnt 0%


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J Bumgardner80 - From the mind of Hunter S. Thompson who also wrote Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Johnny Depp plays a similar role. He's a recently-arrived reporter in Puerto Rico and gets himself mixed up with some seedy expatriates. Fun movie. Amber Heard does nice work as the eye candy.
Rob from GuysFilmQuest65
Sober Film Critic James Brown61(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread60(full review)
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick55(full review)
David Baruffi52(full review)
Skooch50(full review)
Gorgon Reviews43(full review)
Kevin McCarthy40(full review)
Thomas Pollock40
CinemaVisitor Erik35

People Involved

  • Johnny Depp (Paul Kemp)
  • Amber Heard (Chenault)
  • Aaron Eckhart (Sanderson)
  • Giovanni Ribisi (Moberg)
  • Richard Jenkins (Lotterman)
  • Amaury Nolasco (Segurra)
  • Marshall Bell (Donavon)
  • Bill Smitrovich (Zimburger)
  • Bruce Robinson (Director)