Schizopolis (1996)




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This film is a satire about the lack of real communication found in contemporary high-tech society.With no real narrative, beginning, or ending credits, it centers on Munson, his wife, and a bizarre orange-clad goggle-wearing exterminator named Elmo.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Criterion Collection


Steven Soderbergh
as Fletcher Munson/Dentist, Munson
Betsy Brantley
as Mrs. Munson/Attractive Woman No. 2
Dave Jensen
as Elmo Oxygen
Eddie Jemison
as Nameless Numberheadman
Scott Allen
as Right-Hand Man
Mike Malone
as T. Azimuth Schwitters
Katherine LaNasa
as Attractive Woman No. 1
David Jensen
as Elmo Oxygen
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Critic Reviews for Schizopolis

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Exasperating as it is, Schizopolis has a deliberateness almost interesting enough to offset its sophomoric streak.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Schizopolis represents a minor act of self-indulgence on the part of the sometimes eccentric Steven Soderbergh but results in major tedium for the viewer.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's fresh, unexpected and goofy. It's not a smart career move, just a film that its director wanted to make for some crazy reason, and he made it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Schizopolis


Admiring how bad this film is intended to be, is easy, but accepting the circumstances under which is was made is kind of upsetting. Director Steven Soderbergh had created a film that is truly one of the worst films in cinema, but he is also someone who hates Hollywood and loves the independent Film Industry. It has been very difficult for him to get his films made in the past, even though his films have won Academy Awards in the past. Not one part of this film makes any sense, and that was his intention to give a "F#@K YOU" to the film board. I admire his attempt, but nobody can even comprehend what even happens in this film and every filmmaking aspect is absolutely terrible. This is easily one of the worst films I've ever seen, but because of the circumstances, I'll give it a little credit.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Soderburgh's comic commentary on the vapidness of ordinary American life plays like a Youtube vid made by aspiring actors hoping for that one big break. Only for his fans and those considering imitation.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Basically a series of absurd sketches, like a feature film made by a TV comedy troupe, with a thin organizing plot thread involving a man straining to write a big speech for a cultlike figure modeled on L. Ron Hubbard. Full of ideas that are usually more clever than funny---e.g., the running joke satirizing lack of communication between men and women by having the characters speak jibberish, generic phrases, or different languages---but it should prove interesting and inventive enough to keep smart people watching to the end. Director Steven Soderbergh comes onscreen before the story starts and tells us, "In the event that you find certain sequences or ideas confusing, please bear in mind that this is your fault, not ours. You will need to see the picture again and again until you understand everything." So, you've been warned.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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