Synecdoche, New York Synopsis
An ailing theater director (Philip Seymour Hoffman) creates an ever-growing replica of New York.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
I think you have to see Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York twice. I watched it the first time and knew it was a great film and that I...
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88

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
I can't pretend to know fully what Charlie Kaufman is up to in Synecdoche, New York, with all the doubled characters, dreamy reenactments,...
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80

NPR

By Bob Mondello
Synecdoche, New York is one heck of a head-trip.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Will mesmerize some and mystify others, while many will be bored silly. It's not a dream, Kaufman says, but it has a dreamlike quality, and...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
In Synecdoche, Kaufman the screenwriter is not well-served by Kaufman the filmmaker. As a director, his propensity for heavyosity leadens...
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Philip Seymour Hoffman creates a mesmerizing portrait of the artist as a young, old and middle-aged man.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Hoffman, Morton and Jon Brion's aching score somehow capture the all-too-human need to get things right. If you're in a certain frame of...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The temptation to be emphatic about Synecdoche, New York is overwhelming but should be resisted, because the movie really is a mixed bag. A...
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The film disappoints terribly, too. The directorial debut of such an imaginative and clever screenwriter was a highly anticipated event....
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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...
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Synecdoche, New York

By Movie_Man_Mark
I saw this at the Cannes Film Festival. Charlie Kaufman is a genius. It's real life. Don't miss it....

Brilliant!

By ZMan_Barzell
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones who got it! Hilarious if you have a morbid sense of humor...yet deeply moving and thought provoking synecdoche - a figure of speech in which a part is used for...

Horrible movie

By MagicChef
Boring - tedious, depressing - vote it a thumbs down thnumbs down thumbs down - Do we really need movies like this??...

Confessions of Being an Adaptaion of a Dangerous Spotless Mind

By blueswanstudios
I found it quite amazing on many levels. (acting, visuals, dialog, concepts...) That's not to say that I understand it. It's certainly confusing but really that's part of the fun of it. It definitely...

I stared at the ceiling

By PIXARROX
I encourage you to avoid this film. I quite literally began staring at the ceiling just because I was tired of holding up my head to watch it. Not kidding... and that was well into the second...

Not for me

By sandrena
We went to see this movie based on critic reviews (who have led me astray before) and the cast. Maybe I'm just too low-brow or not introspective enough to understand this movie, but to me it was a...

boring and long.

By thermopylae
that sums it up. boring and long. a few more details if you want... it kept repeating it self the entire time. death. don't know what my play's about. death. don't know what my play's about. death....

I must be too dumb

By dburrier
I must be too dumb to get this one. I waited out all 123 painful minutes waiting for something, anything, to pull this movie into the realm of comprehension. This made me want to go back to college...

Synecdoche, New York ~ MODERN MATERPIECE!!

By lugubriousthespian
Charlie Kaufman's first film as both writer and director is a dazzling, dark, deeply textured mind puzzle of a cinematic experience. Granted, for those who want easy entertainments, this film wil be...

Synecdoche, New York

By moland
This movie is for the thinking man or woman. Don't expect the director/plot/actors to tell you what it means or what you are supposed to come away with. I personally left the theater in awe...

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Rated R | For language and some sexual content/nudity