Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Johnny Depp takes a step back in The Rum Diary. He’s done this type of film before and he’s done it so much better in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Now that film was weird, interesting and just generally insane. The Rum Diary on the other hand, not so much. It steals bits that worked in Las Vegas, but on the whole it’s a failed attempt at a past comedy. It provides very little laughs and very little point. At the end of the film you’ll be scratching your head wondering what the whole point of the film was and what director Bruce Robinson set out to accomplish while filming it. Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart and the rest of the cast all provide watchable performances, but it’s the lack of direction that makes their effort wasted and the whole film a lost cause."