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Adaptation Reviews

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January 3, 2018
Adaptation is one of the best films of the year.
January 10, 2016
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 29, 2010
A fine accomplishment from all involved, especially Charlie Kauffman, who has written a bewildering and captivating movie, which bares his mind, heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
At all times, "Adaptation." carries the thrillingly unpredictable charge of a film writing itself before your eyes. Spike Jonze matches Charlie Kaufman's tumble through time, neuroticism, fact and fiction with depictions of creation at a cellular level.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 2, 2010
Adult stuff only but hilarious and fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 30, 2009
An impressive follow-up to Being John Malkovich, Adaptation is even more playful, amusing, metanarrative and metaphysical than Jonze's first film, plus it has Nicolas Cage in a dual role and Meryl Streep in one of her wildest turns.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 13, 2009
Adaptation would all be insufferably clever-clever were its motivation not so genuine. Instead it is experimental, funny, with a tightly-repressed anger and a desire to dig out truth rather than take refuge in the usual artifice.
August 7, 2008
Some parts of the film are classic subversions of Hollywood convention that are intriguing by themselves but don't quite gel as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 23, 2007
It will confound some and inspire others to riff endlessly on its mysteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
It's almost mind-numbing to think how Mr. Kaufman could possibly follow-up this gem. I'm just glad I don't have to write it, but I'd be happy to watch what he goes through to create it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 24, 2006
For two-thirds of its running time the film is close to genius. But there's still no third act.
December 6, 2005
Adaptation could very well be one of the best films of the year -- it truly is a roller coaster ride of pioneering pandemonium, and shouldn't be missed.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2005
Really, did we need Kaufman to point out how boneheaded Hollywood can be? And does he do all that much better when, ultimately, he looks to mainstream conventions for the means to put the finishing touches on his tale?
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2005
Kaufman once again pens a brilliant mind bender chock full of originality.
| Original Score: A
March 3, 2005
Kaufman is nothing if not brilliant...
December 6, 2004
[Adaptation suggests] that there is something 'not of this earth' about humanity, that we are meant for higher, better things than mere adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 22, 2004
If you liked the surreal Being John Malkovich...then you won't want to miss this collaboration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 2, 2004
Thanks a lot, Charlie Kaufman. Thanks to you, I and millions of others can no longer use writer's block as a valid excuse for the sh*ttiness of our writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 6, 2004
Blurring fact and fiction more than any film in recent memory, Adaptation is a brilliantly bizarre and completely unique experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 5, 2003
It may be dressed up with some clever language and A-list actors, but it's still the equivalent of the smart kid in class who ignored the assignment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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