Critic Consensus: Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.
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Critic Reviews for Anomalisa
By the time Michael and Lisa are up in that hotel room, trying so heroically to say the right thing, the picture has transcended its gimmicks.
A jewel in stop-motion about the redemptive and devastating power of love. [Full Review in Spanish]
Fits perfectly with Kaufman's other oddball, theatre-of-the-absurd efforts.
Its etherealness is not unfamiliar territory for Kaufman, but his way of making the familiar seem unfamiliar carries the day, as always.
It's a film therapists could spend years analysing on the couch. [Kaufman] has, once again, succinctly captured that very modern problem of how we live. Sheer genius.
Audience Reviews for Anomalisa
I'm not a fan of stop-motion puppetry, but this eerie and tender film about loneliness and connection is a feat in animation and storytelling: from all the secondary characters being played by reedy-voiced Tom Noonan, to Jennifer Jason Leigh's elegaic rendition of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," from the discomfitingly realistic puppet sex, to the hallucinatory flashes of robotic wiring underneath Michael's humanoid casing - foreshadowing the film's ultimate thesis about the inexorable fade of love, individuality, and will.
Michael Stone is famous for his book about how to treat people like people, an icon of the customer service world, and about to give a speech about just that, except that he's feels as if he's cut off from all life himself. Everyone sounds the same, looks the same. Its like he's the only real person on Earth. Charlie Kaufman's consideration on being may be inconclusive but still attention worthy.
A very human and delicate look at loneliness, told as an animation that feels like the perfect choice for this kind of story with its waxy characters that even seem to wear masks and are all (but two) voiced by the same person; it is just a pity, though, that the end feels a bit abrupt.
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