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Syriana Reviews

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 6, 2005
Certain to be on Osama Bin Laden's top ten best list of 2005.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
December 9, 2005
It's serious and scathing, and it seems to think that because it displays those characteristics that it should get some sort of pass when it comes to cogent story telling.
| Original Score: C
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
A skeleton of theme minus the meat of resonance
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 9, 2005
Syriana is an ambitious edifice, built with conviction and skill. But I'm not sure I understand it, and I'm not sure I care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 21, 2005
What Syriana feels like is a television miniseries condensed into two hours.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 8, 2005
Syriana is like a position paper, and scenes that should pull us in fall flat.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
November 22, 2005
a fitfully engrossing and overreaching film that is both somehow too much and yet not enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 30, 2005
Didactic and muddled to the point of incoherence.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
December 8, 2005
It has all the pedigree of classic political picture, yet all the dramatic urgency of a C-SPAN afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
No one-sentence synopsis is possible, but here's a stab: A bunch of people, played by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Christopher Plummer and others, stalk around looking serious and doing stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 8, 2005
Syriana is an awards-season message in search of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
November 22, 2005
It has big ideas, but no pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
November 22, 2005
Damon again getting Gerry'ed out in the middle of nowhere encapsulates Gaghan's wandering around an issue that should leave us with something more substantial than one man trying to make sense of what just happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
November 23, 2005
The various storylines are hard to follow.., the narrative momentum dissolves in the confusion, and the multiplicity of characters means that none of more than two dimensional.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 15, 2005
Overly ambitious and too complicated.
Alan Dale
February 27, 2006
Gaghan piles one storyline on another but is only interested in suggesting where they trend, working like a (cynical) editorialist who has made up a few examples to support his views.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 8, 2005
You keep straining to understand the bits and pieces of information that you can make out, but it still adds up to a lot less than the sum of its parts.
| Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2005
All you need to know is everyone is a bad guy in one way or another, they all want money and/or power, and they'll do anything to get it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
December 2, 2005
Cloaking Oliver Stone-like message mongering with Tarantino film techniques, Gaghan preaches well known leftist political tomes
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bill Clark
November 30, 2005
...manages to take one of the hottest and most controversial topics in the world and turn it into a convoluted snooze fest. Color me shocked.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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