Metacritic Movie Ratings
The Rum Diary Reviews

3.0

56

out of 100

Metascore®
Mixed or average reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA TodayClaudia Puig

    The tale was no doubt meant to convey Kemp/Thompson's boozy aimlessness, but the film feels disjointed and meandering as a result.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment WeeklyOwen Gleiberman

    To the audience, this stuff seems like awfully old news. We're supposed to be witnessing the birth of a great journalist, but Hunter S. Thompson, as his career went on, got swallowed up by his mystique as an outlaw of excess. In The Rum Diary, that myth becomes an excuse for a movie to go slumming.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterTodd McCarthy

    The Rum Diary remains a relatively mild diversion, not at all unpleasant but neither compelling nor convulsive.

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