Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
July 4, 2015
One of the most insightfully sad explorations of the human drive for love since Annie Hall concluded that we need the eggs.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
May 30, 2014
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
May 30, 2014
At its core, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could have been just another love story. Refracted through Kaufman's wonderfully weird prism, it's something truly memorable.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
May 30, 2014
The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. This is how dreams really look: like reality, only less so.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
May 30, 2014
Pretty fancy stuff, for a sci-fi romantic comedy.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 30, 2014
It's a very Kaufmanesque narrative experiment, technically ingenious and sophisticated. It also looks like some lost comedy idea by Philip K Dick; you could call this film We Can Forget It for You Retail.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
May 30, 2014
The latest and loveliest alternative universe created by Charlie Kaufman, America's most -- we should probably say only -- intellectually provocative screenwriter.
Brian Pendreigh
Radio Times
May 30, 2014
This outing from Kaufman's oddball imagination is wonderfully intriguing, often touching and typically convoluted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
May 30, 2014
This movie doesn't even try to be for everyone, but it will pierce some of you right in the heart. Give it a shot.
Dan DeMaggio
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
May 30, 2014
What follows will knock you silly, upending every single concept of storytelling that you're probably used to.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Total Film
May 30, 2014
Kaufman's latest is a weird, visually woozy rom-com-in-reverse that charms, amuses and moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Killingsworth
Paste Magazine
May 30, 2014
Don't be fooled by the glib, offhand nature of the film's surface demeanor. Kaufman's endearingly off-the-wall antics are pronounced as ever, but he's finally learning how to temper his humorous sport with something called humanistic spirit.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Imaginative, loopy romance is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 3, 2009
A surprisingly bittersweet love story at heart, Eternal Sunshine values the sum of experience, which in this case means a thorns-and-all openness to romantic possibilities.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a wonderful, often beautiful, heart-wrenching story.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
The film entertains for the most part and gives us a set of marvellous performances from this outstanding cast, even if it doesn't quite reach the near-genius of Kaufman's other writings.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Most imaginative and impressively executed...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Kaufman and Gondry bring out all the weirdness of the premise, sometimes eliciting disbelieving laughter, sometimes taking us to odd, chilly places.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
July 2, 2006
Walking into a theater with Charlie Kaufman on the screen is like volunteering for that wacky boat trip Willy Wonka took through the chocolate factory tunnel...
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one's own addled mind, and in allegorising the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart.
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