• Released
  • November 23, 2005
  • R , 2 hr 8 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 561 Fan Ratings
100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For two hours I felt like a kitten chasing an elusive ball of catnip that remained just beyond my paw.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An endlessly fascinating movie.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A gripping and fascinating tale of political intrigue that spans three continents, its focus trained on the volatile Middle East. It's a global portrait of danger, deception and disillusionment, with no dearth of human casualties.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
In its seriousness, Syriana has an absorbing, ominous roundness that plays even better with a second viewing.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film itself operates on shifting sands. Shot documentary-style, by Robert Elswit, and accompanied by a pounding soundtrack, Syriana makes high-octane melodrama look like revealed truth.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Indeed, the point of Syriana appears to be that the whole lousy, corrupt, oil-producing and -consuming world is a ball of wax, ready to melt.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The movie adds up to one of the smartest and most ambitious political thrillers in years. But if you find a more difficult movie to follow this year, it will be in Mandarin without subtitles.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
It's hard to get swept away when you're struggling to figure out who's doing what to whom and why.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The character and geographical jumps leave you in a muddle with thinly sketched personalities and confusing plot points. Worse, dialogue dense with nuance and shaded meaning flies by too quickly.
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76 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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