Syriana Reviews

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November 19, 2019
A complex thriller that challenges its audience with a fascinating story woven among several plot threads.
December 16, 2018
I'm hard-pushed to think of a more cynical and self-critical American picture, and one that so radically and empathetically portrays the genesis of Islamic suicide bombers.
January 17, 2018
Syriana is an American movie that reaches out beyond itself. Watching it made me feel hopeful -- a rare sensation in a cinema.
September 26, 2017
... If you can avoid getting too hung up on the details, Syriana is a brave attempt to blitz the goody-baddy dynamics of cold-war film-making and concentrate on the ambiguities of modern geopolitics.
March 30, 2009
A film that treats its audience as adults, this is an extremely rewarding work that handsomely pays off the concentration required to watch it.
March 30, 2009
This is intelligent, committed, and politically provocative, though its narrative puzzle box may prompt you to throw up your hands and let ExxonMobil go on running the world.
November 20, 2008
February 28, 2008
You didn't understand all of it? It went by too fast to take it all in? There was too much information to mentally digest? Yeah, well, that was kind of the point.
November 1, 2007
Its dark, dog-eat-dog vision of the world we live in may give you geopolitical nightmares.
September 23, 2007
Probes a significant subject but treats its people as mere stick figures carrying exposition from place to place.
August 6, 2007
Preferring probing questions to pat solutions, the film drills deep in its exploration of the US's ventures, both economic and military, in the Middle East.
July 14, 2007
The most troublesome part of Syriana is that the movie is, in fact, so easy to believe.
April 15, 2007
Politically-paranoid, if well-intentioned, this disjointed message movie doesn't really do much more than indict the usual suspects.
January 20, 2007
In addition to the performances there's a wealth of memorable detail.
October 11, 2006
Interesting and worth watching, despite the fact that complete comprehension of the film seems just beyond the reach of the viewer.
June 25, 2006
[K]eeps you on a teeter-totter of emotion... it leaves you with a sense of falling that is entirely unsettling.
June 20, 2006
If there is any lesson the makers of Syriana want us to absorb, it is that we should trust no one where power and money are concerned.
June 20, 2006
Syriana really makes viewers work to try to understand the complexities involved in protecting (or resisting) U.S. interests in the Middle East.
May 6, 2006
April 1, 2006
Demanding, even confusing at times, this is required viewing that requires your full attention.
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