Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 8, 2009
Michel Gondry tries to channel Fellini and ends up irrigating faulty plumbing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Peter Brunette
Screen International
March 15, 2004
Even if the script had been more accessible, it's doubtful whether its ultra-high concept will connect with general audiences.
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 18, 2004
What's lacking is what the movie is ostensibly about: the heart that so often leads us to fall in love with the wrong people at the wrong time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Christopher
Times [UK]
April 28, 2004
It is not as fiendishly cunning as Being John Malkovich or as savage as Adaptation, but the surreal romantic twists are pure Kaufman at his neurotic worst
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
March 25, 2004
Kaufman is one of the most ingenious screenwriters in Hollywood...the clouds gather with Michel Gondry's breathlessly hyperactive direction.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 19, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Min feels like writer Charlie Kaufman going back to the same well one too many times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 19, 2004
Gondry still lags behind Jonze in rendering cohesive stories and human connection from Kaufman's adventures in self-analysis.
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
March 16, 2004
By the third act, the glow has worn off, and the film plods towards its inescapable finale with deadly familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
The reality is that Hollywood is such an idea poor place Kaufman tends to get more credit than he deserves for work which only occasionally rises above the level of mind games and showy sleight of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
March 18, 2004
As a friend joked, 'If you peel away the movie's postmodern tricks, what you're left with is about as profound as a Hugh Grant movie.'
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 16, 2004
Great concept but mediocre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 18, 2004
Another unpleasantly glib, shallow demonstration of Kaufman's self-satisfied cleverness, further marred by failed pretensions to profundity about romantic destiny.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 21, 2004
The disappointment I felt at the end of Eternal Sunshine was almost crushing, simply because there were sections of it that were as daring in their emotional directness as anything I've seen in years.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
March 21, 2004
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind wants to be a bittersweet comedy about erotic loss and memory loss. But it doesn't have the heart or brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
Like footprints in the sand of a Montauk beach, no one leaves much of an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 25, 2004
There is little charm in the coupling and almost no erotic intimacy, just a series of nerve-racking conversational collisions.
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.
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
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
It is an enchanting clutter of love and reason that will only appeal to the audience willing to take the time to see the movie and then think about it later.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 18, 2004
Eternal Sunshine never betrays its ambitions and never lets you down, offering a complex message about love and human relations that's as universal as it is refreshing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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