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Adaptation Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
For two-thirds of its running time the film is close to genius. But there's still no third act.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 27, 2003
It's the sort of movie that keeps reinventing itself and nudging us in the ribs as it does. You'll want to see it soon, because everyone you know will be talking about it.
| Original Score: A-
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 16, 2003
Few recent movies have conveyed so forcefully how people can feel shut out by their own lack of passion, how they yearn to end the emptiness.
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 10, 2003
Mired in the inertia of Charlie's writer's block, as if the real Kaufman never found his own passion for the material.
| Original Score: C
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 10, 2003
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 9, 2003
One-of-a-kind near-masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
Adaptation may not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
Adaptation is simply brilliant.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 20, 2002
Probably the most creative and noncommercial screenplay to be embraced by a Hollywood studio in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 20, 2002
Gradually the movie's one joke plays out, and Charlie's doubts about inserting himself into his own screenplay prove to be well-founded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
December 20, 2002
With Adaptation, Kaufman has found an entirely new way of telling a story, belying the old credo that there's nothing left that's new for the movies to show us.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 20, 2002
It will surprise you. It will delight you. It will give you something truly chewy to take home from the theater.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 20, 2002
It's the most original, exhilarating and hilarious movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
December 20, 2002
Kaufman's carefully constructed screenplay emphasizes so many layers of duality, it's beyond gimmick. It's a world view.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 20, 2002
What a bewilderingly brilliant and entertaining movie this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 20, 2002
This is epic, funny, tragic, demanding, strange, original, boldly sincere filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 20, 2002
Consider the irony: Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) wins best screenplay for a movie that's essentially about his failure to write a screenplay. That's worth a gold statuette on its own.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2002
A daring and gleeful rearrangement of film grammar and a zinging ode to the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2002
Reverberates on so many levels, comic and cosmic, that it is as trippy fun to think about as it is to watch.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 19, 2002
Adaptation gets an A for audacity and a Z for Zzzzz...
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 19, 2002
The most lacerating Hollywood comedy since The Player a decade ago, perfectly capturing the self-absorption of the industry for which it was made.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2002
Almost all of it is funny and provocative in ways many other Hollywood movies, especially the adaptations, can't touch.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 9, 2002
It's an amazing piece of work.
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December 7, 2002
Compare Adaptation to Woody Allen's lame Hollywood Ending, and you can see that Kaufman is Allen's true successor-formed by Allen but primed to carry the torch a little farther into the swamp of his own neuroses.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 6, 2002
What Adaptation nails about writing is the soul-splitting duality of it: The combination of arrogance and neediness, of ego and insecurity, of the writer's lonely inertia with the romantic grandiosity of what they create.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
December 6, 2002
Warped, self-lacerating and giddily hilarious.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 6, 2002
A movie far more cynical and lazy than anything a fictitious Charlie Kaufman might object to.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 6, 2002
Mr. Cage and Mr. Jonze share a casual, daredevil sensibility, and the two of them -- or should I say the three of them? -- pull off one of the most amazing technical stunts in recent film history.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
December 6, 2002
Features what is surely the funniest and most accurate depiction of writer's block ever.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 6, 2002
A comic gem with some serious sparkles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 5, 2002
Too smart to ignore but a little too smugly superior to like, this could be a movie that ends up slapping its target audience in the face by shooting itself in the foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2002
The boldest and most imaginative studio film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 5, 2002
One of the most soulful and loopily romantic movies I've seen all year.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 3, 2002
Adaptation's success in engaging the audience in the travails of creating a screenplay is extraordinary.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 3, 2002
I can't imagine Adaptation having much mainstream appeal, but, for those who look for something genuinely off-the-wall in a motion picture, this will unquestionably strike a nerve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 27, 2002
Demonstrates that Kaufman, the real Charlie Kaufman, has a rare and really weird talent not only for finding portals into other people's psyches but also for Silly Puttying his own into the stories he tells.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 20, 2002
Few scripts toss more challenging balls in the air, and Jonze juggles them all with artful, light-stepping ease. It's magic.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 12, 2002
Every bit as clever and surprising as Malkovich.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 9, 2002
Kaufman and Jonze take huge risks to ponder the whole notion of passion -- our desire as human beings for passion in our lives and the emptiness one feels when it is missing.