• 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

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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It seems more like an illustration of his script than a full-fledged movie, proving how much he needs a Spike Jonze or a Michel Gondry to realize his surrealistic conceits.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 17, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A surreal exploration of art, love and death, it has the Fellini-esque feel of some lost European cinematic masterpiece that reaches far past the normal boundaries of drama and into the very essence of existence.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A

November 21, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The more you ruminate on Synecdoche, New York, the more resonance you find in it.

| Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 14, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's a strange trip, to be sure, but a worthwhile one for those willing to take it.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 5/5

November 13, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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I found it bracing, and genuinely in touch with the sweet chaos and ache of life.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2008
Christopher Orr
The New Republic
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Synecdoche, New York is a huge film about puny sentiments, an anti-heroic epic of failure, remorse, alienation, and self-pity. It may not be the best film of the year, but it is very likely to be the most extraordinary.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

November 10, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Synecdoche is fun to mull over, for a while.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Synecdoche, New York builds a wall of high concept, so high you can't find the good movie hiding somewhere behind it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 7, 2008
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The temptation to be emphatic about Synecdoche, New York is overwhelming but should be resisted, because the movie really is a mixed bag. A particularly odd mix.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

November 7, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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I was struck by the peculiar magic of this film, even moved by it, once I gave up all attempts to understand it as a straightforward linear narrative.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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It's hard to say just what kind of movie Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut is, and by the end of it, his film has made a pretty convincing case that it's pointless to try.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

November 7, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Synecdoche, New York comes as close as any film has to explaining the epic indignity of the creative process, how some great works collapse beneath their own abstraction.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 7, 2008
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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The acting is magnificent, especially Hoffman's anguished, distracted, solipsistic portrayal of Cotard.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 7, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It takes enormous assurance and skill to pull off this kind of meta-story, and Kaufman succeeds; nothing in his direction says 'rookie.'

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 6, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a film with the richness of great fiction.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 6, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Mr. Hoffman is emerging as one of our greatest actors, and he alone makes this film worth seeing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 29, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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A great big incomprehensible phantasmagoria. I'm all for 'personal' movies, but this one's private.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D

October 28, 2008
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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If you want to show a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, go right ahead, but give that hour all the life you can.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 27, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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As with nearly all the films Kaufman wrote before this one ... Synecdoche, New York is one heck of a head-trip.

Full Review Source: NPR.org | Original Score: 8/10

October 24, 2008
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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[A] sprawling, awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, frustrating, hard-to-follow and achingly, achingly sad movie.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 24, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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As is typical of Kaufman, whether this surrealist, time-skipping noodler is successful depends on what you want to see.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 24, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It's the first movie this year that demands at least two viewings to absorb its densely textured humor, which makes earlier Kaufman works such as Adaptation and Being John Malkovich look positively straightforward.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 24, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Synecdoche, New York strives to be a work of greatness. But Kaufman's overarching vision is a lot less interesting than the small insights he gathers along the way.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 24, 2008
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The prospect of Kaufman's directorial debut was really exciting -- which makes the lugubrious result that much more disappointing.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 24, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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A burning, smoking house that people mindlessly inhabit in Synecdoche, New York is an apt metaphor for what is wrong with this confounding, massively ambitious film.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 24, 2008
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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To say that Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York is one of the best films of the year is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I might as well pack it in right now.

| Original Score: 5/5

October 24, 2008
Cole Haddon
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

October 24, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Some will call this art. I'll content myself with thinking of it as an ambitious misstep by a creative individual who failed to realize what he was trying to represent.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Essentially multiplies Adaptation by an exponential factor and thus grows into a snarling, ungainly beast of self-reflexive absurdities.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

October 23, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Kaufman is full of ideas but doesn't know when to quit.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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It's that rare bird in our debased pop culture that gives you something to chew on when you leave the theater besides where to go for dinner.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

October 23, 2008
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Like most of Kaufman's work as a writer, Synecdoche, New York is a head trip that time and again returns to a place of real human emotion.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 23, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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I gave up making heads or tails of Synecdoche, New York, but I did get one message: The compulsion to stand outside of one's life and observe it to this degree isn't the mechanism of art -- it's the structure of psychosis.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D+

October 22, 2008
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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It's a writer's film, and Kaufman doesn't have the chops to turn his ironies into affecting drama. But the sheer scope of his conception is breathtaking and commendable.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

October 22, 2008
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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No matter how bad you think the worst movie ever made ever was, you have not seen Synecdoche, New York. It sinks to the ultimate bottom of the landfill, and the smell threatens to linger from here to infinity.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 22, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It's heartbreaking how rich this failed project is, with enough poetry for several great movies, but not enough push for one.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

October 20, 2008
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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The film has a deeply affecting aura of true melancholy.

October 18, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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As the external reality disappears, so does the viewer's reason to care.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Kaufman's venturesome dramaturgy and compelling writing scene-by-scene are enough to keep one's curiosity piqued.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 23, 2008
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