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Adaptation Reviews

June 24, 2006
For two-thirds of its running time the film is close to genius. But there's still no third act.
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.
Read More | Original Score: A-
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 9, 2003
One-of-a-kind near-masterpiece.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 20, 2002
Adaptation may not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.
December 20, 2002
Adaptation is simply brilliant.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2002
It will surprise you. It will delight you. It will give you something truly chewy to take home from the theater.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2002
It's the most original, exhilarating and hilarious movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
December 20, 2002
What a bewilderingly brilliant and entertaining movie this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2002
This is epic, funny, tragic, demanding, strange, original, boldly sincere filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
December 19, 2002
A daring and gleeful rearrangement of film grammar and a zinging ode to the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
Adaptation gets an A for audacity and a Z for Zzzzz...
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2002
Almost all of it is funny and provocative in ways many other Hollywood movies, especially the adaptations, can't touch.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 9, 2002
It's an amazing piece of work.
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.
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
December 6, 2002
Warped, self-lacerating and giddily hilarious.
December 6, 2002
A movie far more cynical and lazy than anything a fictitious Charlie Kaufman might object to.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 6, 2002
Features what is surely the funniest and most accurate depiction of writer's block ever.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2002
A comic gem with some serious sparkles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2002
The boldest and most imaginative studio film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 5, 2002
One of the most soulful and loopily romantic movies I've seen all year.
December 3, 2002
Adaptation's success in engaging the audience in the travails of creating a screenplay is extraordinary.
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
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 12, 2002
Every bit as clever and surprising as Malkovich.
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.