Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
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The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak's bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"The latest and loveliest alternative universe created by Charlie Kaufman, America's most -- we should probably say only -- intellectually provocative screenwriter."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Pretty fancy stuff, for a sci-fi romantic comedy."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
"This movie doesn't even try to be for everyone, but it will pierce some of you right in the heart. Give it a shot."
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"Don't be fooled by the glib, offhand nature of the film's surface demeanor. Kaufman's endearingly off-the-wall antics are pronounced as ever, but he's finally learning how to temper his humorous sport with something called humanistic spirit."
‑ Jason Killingsworth, Paste Magazine
"At its core, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could have been just another love story. Refracted through Kaufman's wonderfully weird prism, it's something truly memorable."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"A surprisingly bittersweet love story at heart, Eternal Sunshine values the sum of experience, which in this case means a thorns-and-all openness to romantic possibilities."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"It's a very Kaufmanesque narrative experiment, technically ingenious and sophisticated. It also looks like some lost comedy idea by Philip K Dick; you could call this film We Can Forget It for You Retail."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"What follows will knock you silly, upending every single concept of storytelling that you're probably used to."
‑ Dan DeMaggio, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Imaginative, loopy romance is for adults only."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. This is how dreams really look: like reality, only less so."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"Works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one's own addled mind, and in allegorising the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart."
‑ Jessica Winter, Time Out
"This outing from Kaufman's oddball imagination is wonderfully intriguing, often touching and typically convoluted."
‑ Brian Pendreigh, Radio Times
"Kaufman's latest is a weird, visually woozy rom-com-in-reverse that charms, amuses and moves."
‑ , Total Film
"Michel Gondry tries to channel Fellini and ends up irrigating faulty plumbing."
‑ Cole Smithey,
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