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Synecdoche, New York Reviews

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling
May 16, 2016
The movie is ungainly, but to appreciate it one has to swallow the whole purple pill. As inconsistent as it is, it's still more album than mix tape.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
March 6, 2015
Brilliantly imagined and perfectly performed, Synecdoche, New York is so heartbroken and strange that it can be compared only to other Charlie Kaufman films.
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
An important and intriguing film that must be seen to be believed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
The power and tragedy of the love story, or hell, the life story of Caden Cotard will become a part of you, because it is your story, and his story is yours, and back and forth and so on and on because 'everyone's everyone'.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Rogers
October 20, 2010
Art is a dream through which some seek to rise above the mundane. "Synecdoche" is the nightmare of succumbing further to the mundane via art. What could be inaccessible is instead gloriously indispensable - a confounding & combative, but great, film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 12, 2010
The line between reality and imagination, possibility and pipe-dream, become immaterial, and the film becomes the overflowing contents of a fertile mind spilled out all across the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.6/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
His directorial debut is a remarkably deep and rich film, somewhat daunting upon first showing, challenging the audience to take in this complex movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Inaccessible and endlessly frustrating, Synecdoche is replete with art-house pomposity and the type of muddled profundity one sees in an introductory philosophy seminar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
June 28, 2009
Every scene is pitched at the highest level and acted accordingly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 17, 2009
Kaufman, who once dazzled us with his japester's invention, uses those same tools to do something else here. He leaves us reeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cosmo Landesman
Times (UK)
May 17, 2009
This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 17, 2009
This is a movie designed to provoke, entertain and infuriate, that boldly goes into areas where few films from the English-speaking world nowadays dare penetrate.
Jonathan Romney
Independent (UK)
May 17, 2009
Synecdoche, New York finally feels bitter, hollow and adolescent: like a gargantuan music video conceived for an emo band with a penchant for Pirandello.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 15, 2009
Synecdoche (pronounced Sih-neck-doh-kee, by the way) is beautifully acted throughout, scripted by Kaufman with the same valorous unorthodoxy as his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and shot with real panache.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
May 15, 2009
Somehow, because it resists unlocking, it feels more serious, troubling, significant. It's as funny as it's depressing. It's as brilliant as it is baffling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
May 15, 2009
A soul-altering, heart-changing, brain-transplanting masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
May 15, 2009
A toweringly ambitious and bafflingly confusing film that gives a glimpse of the daily battles going on in the director's mind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
May 15, 2009
The film is either a masterpiece or a massively dysfunctional act of self-indulgence and self-laceration. It has brilliance, either way: surreal, utterly distinctive, witty, gloomy in the manner that his fans will recognise and adore.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
May 15, 2009
A difficult, maddening and elusive film that's also intriguing, profound and darkly funny.
| Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
May 15, 2009
For too long Caden (and Kaufman) are raising big issues and only grasping at the edges, which makes the film frustrating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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