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Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind Reviews

May 30, 2014
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure.
May 30, 2014
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.
May 30, 2014
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.
May 30, 2014
The latest and loveliest alternative universe created by Charlie Kaufman, America's most -- we should probably say only -- intellectually provocative screenwriter.
December 3, 2009
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.
January 26, 2006
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.
August 7, 2004
It's the kind of film that could mean more to people after they've left the theater and thought about it awhile.
March 25, 2004
There is little charm in the coupling and almost no erotic intimacy, just a series of nerve-racking conversational collisions.
March 21, 2004
The disappointment I felt at the end of Eternal Sunshine was almost crushing, simply because there were sections of it that were as daring in their emotional directness as anything I've seen in years.
March 21, 2004
Brilliantly constructed and engagingly executed, this has quite a few tricks up its sleeve -- the most impressive being that all concerned trim their talents to the particular needs of the movie.
March 19, 2004
Neither wholly cynical nor wholly romantic, Kaufman's story is a balance of smarts and sentiment.
March 19, 2004
The perfect movie about love's inevitable imperfections.
March 19, 2004
Gets it more than right by stripping the science down to its laptop basics -- it's a 'simple' memory-erasing process -- and by putting greater emphasis on the humanity behind the diodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2004
This is the best movie I've seen in a decade. For once it's no hyperbole to say, 'Unforgettable!'
March 19, 2004
It's a scruffy, blurry puzzle to put together, and well worth the effort -- just be sure to clear a tabletop for it in your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2004
The thinking is shallow. The emotions are tepid. But the creativity is dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
A happy collision of cutting-edge writer, stars up for a challenge and a director with a taste for the symbolic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 19, 2004
Gondry still lags behind Jonze in rendering cohesive stories and human connection from Kaufman's adventures in self-analysis.
March 19, 2004
Audacious, thought-provoking and ruefully funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 19, 2004
A masterpiece? Probably. Ingenious? Absolutely! Unforgettable? I'll see you at the 10th-year anniversary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 19, 2004
This mind-bender is both funny and touchingly romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 19, 2004
The twists here are the rare sort that seem both narratively surprising and emotionally engaging, particularly the one that boxes us into this interrogative corner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
Dizzying, dazzling, smart and, most importantly, honestly struggling with the variables of love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a mesmerizing mind game that still manages to find perfect pitch while pulling heartstrings.
Read More | Original Score: A
March 19, 2004
The effort can fascinate, even if the result doesn't always match.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 19, 2004
A loving, often rigorous look at love gone awry.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2004
Despite jumping through the deliberately disorienting hoops of its story, Eternal Sunshine has an emotional center, and that's what makes it work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 19, 2004
Hectic, muffled, maddeningly near-brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2004
A poignant story set in a clever plot amidst exceptional performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2004
A thoughtful, audacious meditation on love and relationships that finds a group of wildly disparate talents clicking together in perfect unison.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2004
What's lacking is what the movie is ostensibly about: the heart that so often leads us to fall in love with the wrong people at the wrong time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2004
At once heartfelt and hilarious, another Kaufman-esque mix of black comedy, shaggy-dog romance, retro sci-fi and metaphysics.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 18, 2004
It's giddy and groundbreaking, a feast for the head and the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 18, 2004
Michel Gondry's angular and intelligent romantic comedy isn't entirely consistent. Even as you laugh, it's a movie you admire more than love.
March 18, 2004
The hiccups and eccentricities that define a Kaufman script -- the anguished neuroses, the narrative kinks -- are firmly in the service of a touching love story, not the other way around.
March 18, 2004
Although the characters are unremarkable, Kaufman and director Michel Gondry ... have some thought-provoking things to say about the nature of memory.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 18, 2004
It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2004
Ingenious, eccentric and very moving.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2004
One of the deepest, most moving dramas in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 18, 2004
As a friend joked, 'If you peel away the movie's postmodern tricks, what you're left with is about as profound as a Hugh Grant movie.'
March 18, 2004
In addition to matching Kaufman's wild imagination with equally startling visuals, Gondry has also managed to get the best, most mature and sharply focused performance ever from Jim Carrey.
March 18, 2004
You constantly appreciate Kaufman's intelligence and Gondry's lively filmmaking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2004
As techno-wacky and surreal as the movie gets, what gives it a genuine, beating heart is Kaufman's insight about relationships.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 17, 2004
May be the first movie I've seen that bends your brain and breaks your heart at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 16, 2004
A unique romantic comedy, unfettered by the normal expectations of the genre, is a rare and wondrous thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 16, 2004
Deft, witty, and vastly enjoyable.
March 16, 2004
A bold and venturesome trip down memory lane as only writer Charlie Kaufman could imagine it.
March 15, 2004
Do you feel clever, punk? Well, do you? Because that's the only way to get your head around the latest Charlie Kaufman flick.
March 15, 2004
If films about coping with memory loss and/or reverse-order storytelling now constitute a mini-genre, then pic is arguably the best of the lot.
March 11, 2004
A remarkable film that can coax a smile about making the same mistakes in love and then sneak up and quietly break your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 8, 2004
... a strange, sometimes confusing and often brilliant black comedy.