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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind (2004)



Critic Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.

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The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak's bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel -- over the course of an evening, in his apartment -- Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted. Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, and Jane Adams also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovimore
Rating: R (for language, some drug and sexual content)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Pierre Bismuth
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 28, 2004
Box Office: $34.1M
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Jim Carrey
as Joel Barish
Kate Winslet
as Clementine Kruczynsk...
Elijah Wood
as Patrick
Tom Wilkinson
as Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
Ryan Whitney
as Young Joel
Debbon Ayer
as Joel's Mother
Lola Daehler
as Young Clementine
Gerry Robert Byrne
as Train Conductor
Amir Ali Said
as Young Bully
Brian Price
as Young Bully
Paul Litowsky
as Young Bully
Josh Flitter
as Young Bully
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Critic Reviews for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

All Critics (233) | Top Critics (50)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

At its core, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could have been just another love story. Refracted through Kaufman's wonderfully weird prism, it's something truly memorable.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
Associated Press
Top Critic

The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. This is how dreams really look: like reality, only less so.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The latest and loveliest alternative universe created by Charlie Kaufman, America's most -- we should probably say only -- intellectually provocative screenwriter.

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A surprisingly bittersweet love story at heart, Eternal Sunshine values the sum of experience, which in this case means a thorns-and-all openness to romantic possibilities.

Full Review… | December 3, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

Works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one's own addled mind, and in allegorising the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

Finally got round to watching this movie from begining to end and i thoroughly enjoyed it!
I love seeing Jim Carrey in more serious roles rather than his usual annoying goofey self and even when his goofeyness was required in this movie it was toned down quite dramatically! Its a great cast, i love the concept and is just an entertaining and slightly confusing at the start which keeps you thinking!
Everything about this movie is beautiful, its beautifully written, beautifully acted and a lovely and beautiful concept with a strong meaning as well! Well worth the watch!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Wonderful picture featuring a brilliant and surprising performance by Jim Carrey Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a brilliant affair that boasts a very well crafted story and performances. Mixing elements of drama and fantasy, the film is a refreshing take on your traditional romantic film, and it delivers something totally different. I really enjoyed the film's path on how they handled the material, and Carrey delivers the performance of his career with this one. Since Jim Carrey is known for comedic work, this is a film that proves he is able to act in other genres of film. With this film, he breaks new ground in his career, and definitely makes the film that much better. The story itself is well thought out, and the direction is great as well. This is a terrific, entertaining picture that delivers an engaging two hours of solid entertainment. If you're looking for a well constructed drama that is original and not just another rehash, then this is the film watch. I honestly didn't expect much from this film, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The film might surprise skeptics, and it most certainly impressed me. I thought that this ranked as one of Jim Carrey's best, and it was nice to see him take on a more dramatic role as well. To me, it's always interesting to see comedy actors take on serious roles as we don't know what to expect, and in the case of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, we get a surprising, well delivered performance from Jim Carrey that compliments a wonderful story.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

A unique, artistically--and brilliantly---shot film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is perfectly cast and acted, and features a cleverly written script. One of the film's strengths is the various dynamics that ultimately come together beautifully, as well as its thought-provoking, ingenious use of chronology. A thoroughly enjoyable, must-see film.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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