As the title character in "Don Jon,"
In The Times, Betsy Sharkey muses, "Who would have thought one of the most amusing and oddly insightful romantic comedies would be built around the power and the potent pull of porn?" Gordon-Levitt, she says, "has pulled off the subversive, seductive fun of 'Don Jon' in fine fashion."
The film, Sharkey writes, "is definitely smarter than your average R" and also benefits from solid performances by
Michael Phillips of the
In the end, Phillips says, "'Don Jon' isn't saying anything new about the way popular media and the online maw objectify the living daylights out of women especially. But Gordon-Levitt makes this guy's journey to real adulthood an artfully cinematic breeze, explicit enough to be truthful, quick enough to keep it buoyant."
Jake Coyle of the Associated Press says that while the character Jon's "relentless libido has a comic math to it," Gordon-Levitt's film "equals something quite substantial: a speedy little comedy about not just sex addiction but modern lives wasted on shallow gratification." Moore, in "one of her most suited roles," is key to the film. Until she arrives, "'Don Jon' is little more than a cartoon, albeit an entertaining one."
All said and done, Coyle says, "'Don Jon' is a lark, but an enjoyable one with a full-hearted finale, and it further reveals the considerable talents of Gordon-Levitt."
The Village Voice's Stephanie Zacharek calls "Don Jon" a "comedy that moves with a sense of purpose," and she agrees that "[Moore's] entrance is also the point at which Gordon-Levitt's characters shift from being obvious, intentional cartoons into people with feelings."
Meanwhile, Gordon-Levitt and the rest of the cast also keep up: "Even when his story starts getting serious, Gordon-Levitt always keeps it funny, and his cast is in on the joke."
Not every critic is taken with the film, however.