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.
Welcome to the fun house: in this exhilaratingly quirky first feature by Spike Jonze, a stellar video director, the reigning fears and obsessions of a technology-crazed, voyeuristic culture are given an even wilder workout than they got from
"The Truman Show." John Cusack plays a discouraged puppeteer who accidentally finds a way into John Malkovich's mind. While the ordinary science-fiction plot might go downhill after revealing its gimmick, this one's inspired craziness goes on and on. Originality and cleverness abound. — Janet Maslin
1999-10-01 | Janet Maslin | Read the New York Times Review of Being John Malkovich