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Despite the success of his first produced script, "Being John Malkovich," for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay, Charlie Kaufman is plagued by insecurities, both in his career and his personal life. When he is hired to adapt "The Orchid Thief," a nonfiction book about a fanatical orchid breeder, John Laroche, he is completely stumped. Though, on the surface, the book is about Laroche's flower poaching adventures in the Florida Everglades, on another level it's also about the desire in all of us to experience passion. This… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For two-thirds of its running time the film is close to genius. But there's still no third act."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Mired in the inertia of Charlie's writer's block, as if the real Kaufman never found his own passion for the material."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"A fine accomplishment from all involved, especially Charlie Kauffman, who has written a bewildering and captivating movie, which bares his mind, heart and soul."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"An impressive follow-up to Being John Malkovich, Adaptation is even more playful, amusing, metanarrative and metaphysical than Jonze's first film, plus it has Nicolas Cage in a dual role and Meryl Streep in one of her wildest turns."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It will confound some and inspire others to riff endlessly on its mysteries."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's the sort of movie that keeps reinventing itself and nudging us in the ribs as it does. You'll want to see it soon, because everyone you know will be talking about it."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"One-of-a-kind near-masterpiece."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"At all times, "Adaptation." carries the thrillingly unpredictable charge of a film writing itself before your eyes. Spike Jonze matches Charlie Kaufman's tumble through time, neuroticism, fact and fiction with depictions of creation at a cellular level."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Adaptation would all be insufferably clever-clever were its motivation not so genuine. Instead it is experimental, funny, with a tightly-repressed anger and a desire to dig out truth rather than take refuge in the usual artifice."
‑ , Film4
"It's almost mind-numbing to think how Mr. Kaufman could possibly follow-up this gem. I'm just glad I don't have to write it, but I'd be happy to watch what he goes through to create it."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Few recent movies have conveyed so forcefully how people can feel shut out by their own lack of passion, how they yearn to end the emptiness."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Adaptation may not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Adult stuff only but hilarious and fresh."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Some parts of the film are classic subversions of Hollywood convention that are intriguing by themselves but don't quite gel as a whole."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Adaptation could very well be one of the best films of the year -- it truly is a roller coaster ride of pioneering pandemonium, and shouldn't be missed."
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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