I must be too dumb

By dburrier
Written November 17, 2008
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 to study James Joyce again--for pain relief. I really think I must have missed something major in my life for this to be so completely unaccessible. Any clues out there? d
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Shamefullly self-indulgent

By aint_life_grand
Written November 25, 2008
The movie starts out with a compelling premise, that of a dysfunctional family with a hypochondriac director father and a distant artist mother. Unfortunately the plot soon dissolves into a surrealistic mess of a movie, of which the only message is: "Life Sucks And Then You Die." (Most of us already know this and don't need to be told.) Watch Silkwood or Sophie's Choice instead if you'd like to feel suicidal. Or just take a plane to the Congo for real misery.
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Synecdoche, New York

By seniorchap
Written December 10, 2008
Boring and repetitive
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brilliant

By ronnie625
Written November 17, 2008
Disturbing, beautiful, hilarious, ridiculous, heartbreaking. Loved it. Pretty depressing ultimately and maybe a little long, but an inspired bit of film making. Definitely worth seeing in the theater. Not just because cinematically it works so well on the big screen, but also there was something interesting/powerful about seeing this film in a room full of strangers. It's a hard film, with lots of questions, lots of sadness. It seems more and more rare that we experience films like this together, publicly, so I recommend it for this reason too.
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Beautiful. Absurd.

By agentshawn
Written November 30, 2008
As the reviews on this site and likely others - this movie you will either love or loathe. Those who will love it will be in part those who are fans of the theater of the absurd. Pinter, Becket, and Ionesco fans. There are so many moments in this movie that touches on a great many subjects. (Ruminate on the importance of the dismissiness of the adult care givers of the child issuing forth green poop at the outset of the movie.) However, in the end the strength of the movie lies in it's ability to entrance and illicit meaning from the total exprience of the movie - especially that of the last half. It is art. And the best kind of art in that is does not push you away, it does not draw you in, it simply holds you in a state of arrest. if you surrender to its unique charms - you will definitely leave the theater looking on the world anew.
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