Syriana Synopsis
Based on See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism.
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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...
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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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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
An endlessly fascinating movie.
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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Ya Lost Me

By Enatai
I don't quite know what to say about this one. The thing winds and unwinds in and out of various politically charged storylines. I mean, it's interesting, but I got utterly lost at some parts,...

Compelling story

By becksmom
I had to watch this twice to get all the details down, but the story is multifaceted and engrossing. Great acting by all, especially Matt Damon, Amanda Peet and George Clooney....

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Rated R | For violence and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says International intrigue in Mideast. Adults only.
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