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Synecdoche, New York Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 17, 2008
It seems more like an illustration of his script than a full-fledged movie, proving how much he needs a Spike Jonze or a Michel Gondry to realize his surrealistic conceits.
November 21, 2008
A surreal exploration of art, love and death, it has the Fellini-esque feel of some lost European cinematic masterpiece that reaches far past the normal boundaries of drama and into the very essence of existence.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 14, 2008
The more you ruminate on Synecdoche, New York, the more resonance you find in it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 14, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2008
It's a strange trip, to be sure, but a worthwhile one for those willing to take it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 10, 2008
I found it bracing, and genuinely in touch with the sweet chaos and ache of life.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 10, 2008
Synecdoche, New York is a huge film about puny sentiments, an anti-heroic epic of failure, remorse, alienation, and self-pity. It may not be the best film of the year, but it is very likely to be the most extraordinary.
November 7, 2008
Synecdoche is fun to mull over, for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2008
Synecdoche, New York builds a wall of high concept, so high you can't find the good movie hiding somewhere behind it.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 7, 2008
The temptation to be emphatic about Synecdoche, New York is overwhelming but should be resisted, because the movie really is a mixed bag. A particularly odd mix.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2008
I was struck by the peculiar magic of this film, even moved by it, once I gave up all attempts to understand it as a straightforward linear narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2008
It's hard to say just what kind of movie Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut is, and by the end of it, his film has made a pretty convincing case that it's pointless to try.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 7, 2008
Synecdoche, New York comes as close as any film has to explaining the epic indignity of the creative process, how some great works collapse beneath their own abstraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 7, 2008
The acting is magnificent, especially Hoffman's anguished, distracted, solipsistic portrayal of Cotard.
November 6, 2008
It takes enormous assurance and skill to pull off this kind of meta-story, and Kaufman succeeds; nothing in his direction says 'rookie.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2008
This is a film with the richness of great fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 29, 2008
Mr. Hoffman is emerging as one of our greatest actors, and he alone makes this film worth seeing.
October 28, 2008
A great big incomprehensible phantasmagoria. I'm all for 'personal' movies, but this one's private.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 28, 2008
Kaufman's gift is finding humanity in flotsam, something he does well but hasn't done this beautifully since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
October 27, 2008
If you want to show a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, go right ahead, but give that hour all the life you can.
October 24, 2008
As with nearly all the films Kaufman wrote before this one ... Synecdoche, New York is one heck of a head-trip.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 24, 2008
[A] sprawling, awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, frustrating, hard-to-follow and achingly, achingly sad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 24, 2008
As is typical of Kaufman, whether this surrealist, time-skipping noodler is successful depends on what you want to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2008
It's the first movie this year that demands at least two viewings to absorb its densely textured humor, which makes earlier Kaufman works such as Adaptation and Being John Malkovich look positively straightforward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 24, 2008
Synecdoche, New York strives to be a work of greatness. But Kaufman's overarching vision is a lot less interesting than the small insights he gathers along the way.
October 24, 2008
The prospect of Kaufman's directorial debut was really exciting -- which makes the lugubrious result that much more disappointing.
October 24, 2008
A burning, smoking house that people mindlessly inhabit in Synecdoche, New York is an apt metaphor for what is wrong with this confounding, massively ambitious film.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 24, 2008
To say that Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York is one of the best films of the year is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I might as well pack it in right now.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
October 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 24, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2008
Some will call this art. I'll content myself with thinking of it as an ambitious misstep by a creative individual who failed to realize what he was trying to represent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2008
Essentially multiplies Adaptation by an exponential factor and thus grows into a snarling, ungainly beast of self-reflexive absurdities.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 23, 2008
Kaufman is full of ideas but doesn't know when to quit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2008
It's that rare bird in our debased pop culture that gives you something to chew on when you leave the theater besides where to go for dinner.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 23, 2008
Like most of Kaufman's work as a writer, Synecdoche, New York is a head trip that time and again returns to a place of real human emotion.
October 22, 2008
I gave up making heads or tails of Synecdoche, New York, but I did get one message: The compulsion to stand outside of one's life and observe it to this degree isn't the mechanism of art -- it's the structure of psychosis.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
October 22, 2008
No matter how bad you think the worst movie ever made ever was, you have not seen Synecdoche, New York. It sinks to the ultimate bottom of the landfill, and the smell threatens to linger from here to infinity.
October 20, 2008
It's heartbreaking how rich this failed project is, with enough poetry for several great movies, but not enough push for one.
October 18, 2008
The film has a deeply affecting aura of true melancholy.
October 18, 2008
As the external reality disappears, so does the viewer's reason to care.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 23, 2008
Kaufman's venturesome dramaturgy and compelling writing scene-by-scene are enough to keep one's curiosity piqued.