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April 29, 2018
Adaptation starts out as an entertaining metafilm but eventually unwinds into a gimmicky mess.
March 29, 2018
Overrated. Don't waste your time.
½ March 16, 2018
i'm a walking cliche..


The eerie perspective, bold plotline and a potential premise are the high points of this feature which unfortunately is supervised without any care and hence fades off into just a mere blurred out idea in this overlong feature. Spike Jonze seems a bit distracted from the main track and hence leads it into a boring ride that may have an interesting climax but the journey is certainly not worth it. The performance objective is completely satisfactory in here for Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep both are putting all their chips in and delivers what is essential. Adaptation might be something plausible on terms of art and craft but when it comes to blend all it in and offer intriguing and gripping tale along with entertainment to the audience, it fails on all levels.
½ March 10, 2018
Slow moving. predictable
February 10, 2018
Cooper & Streep are great
February 4, 2018
The Kaufmans deliver an endlessly clever script that's handled surprisingly well by Jonze. Nicolas Cage delivers not one, but two brilliant performances in this movie. It's funny, intelligent, relatable, original and nearly flawless.
December 30, 2017
Adaptation's first 55 minutes are a funny and quirky, if a bit cliche, light hearted drama where Nicolas Cage kills it as both Charles and Donald Kaufman. But once that 55 minute mark pasts, it turns into a fucking mess that asks you to suspend disbelief more than a 90s pro wrestling special would. And I don't give a crap what the hidden meanings or real life parallels or symbolisms are supposed to be. Frankly that could've been done a lot better too.
December 27, 2017
Worth a rewatch or two to discover the nod and the wink from one of the best screenwriters (and his brother) ever.
½ December 8, 2017
This is a weird entry from Nicolas Cage, but he does a good job with the very strange material. The movie itself isn't really memorable, but everyone seems to be giving it their all. It is worth watching, but only if you like really strange dramas.
December 1, 2017
super boring and terrible. useless. i watched the second half on 2.0 speed or else i was going to quit (1 viewing)
October 24, 2017
I had heard of it but never saw it. Oops! Nick Cage is perfect for the role/s. It is definitely Nick Cage doing his thing. Maybe it evens out some of his less than stellar performances but this one is good. The story is very well written. Consider it a Must See.
½ October 21, 2017
While you may have trouble with this film upon first viewing, if you have not seen "Being John Malkovich," or don't know the history of the production as a movie option of "the Orchid Thief," do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with both. Knowing that additional material makes this film even more amazing than it already is. The soundtrack is phenomenal. The only problem with the film is that it is such tour de force that it cannot hope to sustain itself anymore than a hurricane can continue forever anywhere but Jupiter.
½ October 12, 2017
In a movie about adaptation, I found irony in the fact that the story was awful.

A self loathing screen writer mixes the adaptation of a book about a flower thief with his self loathing, jealous, constantly masterbating life. The only way to describe the pace of the movie is agonizing. Solid character acting from Nicholas Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper saved the movie from a "worst of all time" category.
½ September 17, 2017
Sure, it's clever--but there's not much more than that to warrant a viewing. The third act drags, the acting feels off, the characters are one-dimensional, and the film looks like crap. You can argue that's all intentional--but why suffer just so a writer can feel smart?
September 15, 2017
This film was boring as hell with Nic Cage as weird as ever.
September 3, 2017
Cozy fun provocative story that you can drink Chai Tea while watching & nuzzle up with Meryl Streep & Nic Cage characters cuz Chris Cooper will keep ya on edge for sure but the neurotic Cage character although a frenetic mess, he has a certain warmth oozing from him
September 2, 2017
A somewhat difficult film to grasp when you add the non-fiction reality of Cage's role and his relatable performance.
August 31, 2017
Brilliant. Charlie Kaufman hilariously describes his own account of writer's block in a deep and emotional way. Well-acted by Nicholas Cage playing the lonely, desperate Charlie at the same time playing his confident two brother. The third act was brilliantly done, a smart move from writer Charlie Kaufman. I suggest this movie to everyone, especially screenwriters.
August 21, 2017
I didn't love all the stuff from Meryl Streep's storyline, but Nicolas Cage's storyline was great, excellent! Outstanding performance from Nicolas Cage, playing two roles! Lots of great cameos! Kind of funny at times. If the Meryl Streep storyline hadn't been interrupting Nicolas Cage's, I would have laughed at his more, because the brothers were hilarious! I can't really recommend this, because you'll keep getting interrupted when you're super interested!
½ August 19, 2017
It has one of the greatest screenplays of all time, and a delicate performance by Nicholas Cage, with a fantastic study of a writer's psyche.
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