Adaptation Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
December 29, 2010
A fine accomplishment from all involved, especially Charlie Kauffman, who has written a bewildering and captivating movie, which bares his mind, heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 25, 2010
At all times, "Adaptation." carries the thrillingly unpredictable charge of a film writing itself before your eyes. Spike Jonze matches Charlie Kaufman's tumble through time, neuroticism, fact and fiction with depictions of creation at a cellular level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 2, 2010
Adult stuff only but hilarious and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
December 30, 2009
An impressive follow-up to Being John Malkovich, Adaptation is even more playful, amusing, metanarrative and metaphysical than Jonze's first film, plus it has Nicolas Cage in a dual role and Meryl Streep in one of her wildest turns.
Full Review | Original Score: A

March 13, 2009
Adaptation would all be insufferably clever-clever were its motivation not so genuine. Instead it is experimental, funny, with a tightly-repressed anger and a desire to dig out truth rather than take refuge in the usual artifice.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Some parts of the film are classic subversions of Hollywood convention that are intriguing by themselves but don't quite gel as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
It will confound some and inspire others to riff endlessly on its mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
It's almost mind-numbing to think how Mr. Kaufman could possibly follow-up this gem. I'm just glad I don't have to write it, but I'd be happy to watch what he goes through to create it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For two-thirds of its running time the film is close to genius. But there's still no third act.
Clint Morris
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Adaptation could very well be one of the best films of the year -- it truly is a roller coaster ride of pioneering pandemonium, and shouldn't be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Really, did we need Kaufman to point out how boneheaded Hollywood can be? And does he do all that much better when, ultimately, he looks to mainstream conventions for the means to put the finishing touches on his tale?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Clark
October 28, 2005
Kaufman once again pens a brilliant mind bender chock full of originality.
| Original Score: A
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 3, 2005
Kaufman is nothing if not brilliant...
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
[Adaptation suggests] that there is something 'not of this earth' about humanity, that we are meant for higher, better things than mere adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
If you liked the surreal Being John Malkovich...then you won't want to miss this collaboration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
February 2, 2004
Thanks a lot, Charlie Kaufman. Thanks to you, I and millions of others can no longer use writer's block as a valid excuse for the sh*ttiness of our writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004
Blurring fact and fiction more than any film in recent memory, Adaptation is a brilliantly bizarre and completely unique experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Trazendo Nicolas Cage em excelente desempenho, o filme faz uma crítica ácida ao modus operandi de Hollywood e à própria auto-indulgência de seu autor, o genial Charlie Kaufman.
| Original Score: 5/5
Todd Gilchrist
June 10, 2003
. . .its exploration of ambition, loneliness and passion is amongst the most emotionally resonant in many years.
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Chock full of true-to-life dialogue and inspirational insight, Adaptation is an ode to the frustrated artist in all of us.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Bill J. Nichols
February 25, 2004
Kenny Hogart
Future Movies UK
November 6, 2003
Jared Rapfogel
Senses of Cinema
January 27, 2003
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 10, 2003
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December 23, 2002

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December 23, 2002
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National Post
December 10, 2002
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