• R, 2 hr. 4 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Charlie Kaufman
    In Theaters:
    Oct 24, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 31, 2009
  • Sydney Kimmel Entertainment

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Synecdoche, New York Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

An important and intriguing film that must be seen to be believed.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

The power and tragedy of the love story, or hell, the life story of Caden Cotard will become a part of you, because it is your story, and his story is yours, and back and forth and so on and on because 'everyone's everyone'.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 5/5

October 27, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Art is a dream through which some seek to rise above the mundane. "Synecdoche" is the nightmare of succumbing further to the mundane via art. What could be inaccessible is instead gloriously indispensable - a confounding & combative, but great, film.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

October 20, 2010

The line between reality and imagination, possibility and pipe-dream, become immaterial, and the film becomes the overflowing contents of a fertile mind spilled out all across the screen.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 6.6/10

June 12, 2010
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

His directorial debut is a remarkably deep and rich film, somewhat daunting upon first showing, challenging the audience to take in this complex movie.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Inaccessible and endlessly frustrating, Synecdoche is replete with art-house pomposity and the type of muddled profundity one sees in an introductory philosophy seminar.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2009
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Every scene is pitched at the highest level and acted accordingly.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

June 28, 2009
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Kaufman, who once dazzled us with his japester's invention, uses those same tools to do something else here. He leaves us reeling.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 5/5

May 17, 2009
Cosmo Landesman
Times [UK]

This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

May 17, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

This is a movie designed to provoke, entertain and infuriate, that boldly goes into areas where few films from the English-speaking world nowadays dare penetrate.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 17, 2009
Jonathan Romney
Independent

Synecdoche, New York finally feels bitter, hollow and adolescent: like a gargantuan music video conceived for an emo band with a penchant for Pirandello.

Full Review Source: Independent

May 17, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Synecdoche (pronounced Sih-neck-doh-kee, by the way) is beautifully acted throughout, scripted by Kaufman with the same valorous unorthodoxy as his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and shot with real panache.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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Somehow, because it resists unlocking, it feels more serious, troubling, significant. It's as funny as it's depressing. It's as brilliant as it is baffling.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/6

May 15, 2009

A soul-altering, heart-changing, brain-transplanting masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

May 15, 2009
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]

A toweringly ambitious and bafflingly confusing film that gives a glimpse of the daily battles going on in the director's mind.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

May 15, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

The film is either a masterpiece or a massively dysfunctional act of self-indulgence and self-laceration. It has brilliance, either way: surreal, utterly distinctive, witty, gloomy in the manner that his fans will recognise and adore.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

May 15, 2009
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

A difficult, maddening and elusive film that's also intriguing, profound and darkly funny.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 15, 2009
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

For too long Caden (and Kaufman) are raising big issues and only grasping at the edges, which makes the film frustrating to watch.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2009
Rosamund Witcher
Heat Magazine

Like the play within the film, Synecdoche is bravely ambitious, with glimpses of Kaufman's genius. But it's also an indulgent slog that only the most diehard Kaufmanites will happily endure.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 15, 2009
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

It seems churlish to overly criticise. Kaufman's daring, ambition and frequent moments of beauty and sadness are worth the overindulgence.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

May 15, 2009
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