100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
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100

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Like no movie before it, Adaptation risks everything -- its cool, its credibility, its very soul -- to expose the horror of making art for the business of entertainment.
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100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
In a larger sense, Adaptation is a movie about the simple act of enjoying life -- of really embracing it -- without constantly worrying about what others think.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a bewilderingly brilliant and entertaining movie this is.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The notion of meta has never been diddled more mega than in this giddy Möbius strip of a movie, a contrivance so whizzy and clever that even when it tangles at the end, murked like swampy southwestern Florida itself, the stumble has quotation marks around it.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's a testament to Cage's canny performance and Jonze's seamless use of special effects that you believe Charlie and Donald are two entirely different people.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Adaptation, like "Being John Malkovich" before it, is far from a well-made film, even on its own flaky terms. But it's a brave, sometimes brilliant one, with a phantasmagoric ending, full of love and hope, that defeats prose description. Never was an adaptation more original.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Snags on the fact that neither story depicted -- not Kaufman's and especially not Orlean's -- is enough to sustain more than an incidental interest.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Streep is perfect, as per usual, but the showy orchid role goes to Cage in an Oscar-worthy tour de force. He pours his body into Charlie's slumped frame of mind and creates a character churning with endearing contradictions -- the unforgettable nebbish.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even at its best, Adaptation is one of the movie year's most esoteric outings -- more so than even Paul Thomas Anderson's far superior "Punch-drunk Love." Too smart to ignore but a little too smugly superior to like, this could be a movie that ends up slapping its target audience in the face by shooting itself in the foot.
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83 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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