• Released
  • October 24, 2008
  • R , 2 hr 3 min
  • Art House/Foreign
  • 94 Fan Ratings
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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Rated R | For language and some sexual content/nudity