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: 2592 (Rank from 2011: # 137)

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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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
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.
Comedy: 7
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 3
Rewatch: 5
Rob from GuysFilmQuest65Comedy: 3
Sex Appeal: 3
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 4
Sober Film Critic James Brown61(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread60(full review)Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 6
Cinematic Katzenjammer Nick55(full review)Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 5
Scary: 0
Rewatch: 2
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)