Synecdoche, New York Quick Movie Reviews

Quick Movie Reviews

Rating of
3/4

Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 05/30/2019

A portrait of midlife crisis, "Synecdoche, New York" is backed by a sense of cerebral surrealism only Charlie Kaufman could provide.

Rating of
3/4

Amy - wrote on 02/09/2014

Bleeeeeh. I guess this was a good movie, it certainly had some good performances and some interesting ideas, but too upsetting, like being caught in an interminable anxiety dream. If I need to see someone fret over being an artistic fraud and having gum disease, I can just take a nap.

Rating of
2.5/4

Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011

Wow, this movie is a real doozy. Charlie Kaufman, you mind-fucked me again. I can't explain this movie, but it defies all laws of reality and chronology. Even more so than Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. It's totally crazy and confusing and if you are the kind of person who has to know what everything means and the order of events and you must take things literally, then don't watch it. It's like The Fountain; you just have to accept that it's weird, you're not really going to fully GET it, and you probably aren't supposed to. Just relax and go with it. Feel it. Surrrrreal it.

Rating of
3/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 01/11/2011

This is an ambitious film that is sometimes frustrating because of its sprawling plot and confusing storyline. It is also rich in thematic nuance and hauntingly sad. Some incredible performances round out this portrait of a lonely life live out.

Rating of
3.5/4

Essi Suomela - wrote on 04/13/2009

Synecdoche, New York is a surreal trip trough a mans life. I love how it plays around with time, dream and reality. Charlie Kaufman is one of the best writers of all time, and I guess it was just a matter of time when he started directing himself. I thought he did a brilliant job with this movie, but I canĀ“t help but wonder if the script was directed by Spike Jonze or Michel Gondry, would it then have been perfect?

Rating of
2/4

goodfellamike - wrote on 03/13/2009

There is a certain unpenetrable aura in this deep, dense, certainly ambitious cerebral drama from the mind of Charlie Kaufman, whose hand is responsible for Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. However, the lack of comedy is most noticable, and the glumness of the writing is much too depressing. The apposite cast are all stranded inside the sad, surreal mind of the writer/director without a guide and the audience simply suffers in frustration as the already enervating script becomes more confounding for no reason. Final Grade: C

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