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Synecdoche, New York
Theater director Caden Cotard is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, N.Y., is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis, is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Somehow, because it resists unlocking, it feels more serious, troubling, significant. It's as funny as it's depressing. It's as brilliant as it is baffling."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"The more you ruminate on Synecdoche, New York, the more resonance you find in it."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"An important and intriguing film that must be seen to be believed."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"The line between reality and imagination, possibility and pipe-dream, become immaterial, and the film becomes the overflowing contents of a fertile mind spilled out all across the screen."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Every scene is pitched at the highest level and acted accordingly."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It seems more like an illustration of his script than a full-fledged movie, proving how much he needs a Spike Jonze or a Michel Gondry to realize his surrealistic conceits."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's a strange trip, to be sure, but a worthwhile one for those willing to take it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The power and tragedy of the love story, or hell, the life story of Caden Cotard will become a part of you, because it is your story, and his story is yours, and back and forth and so on and on because 'everyone's everyone'."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"His directorial debut is a remarkably deep and rich film, somewhat daunting upon first showing, challenging the audience to take in this complex movie."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Kaufman, who once dazzled us with his japester's invention, uses those same tools to do something else here. He leaves us reeling."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"A surreal exploration of art, love and death, it has the Fellini-esque feel of some lost European cinematic masterpiece that reaches far past the normal boundaries of drama and into the very essence of existence."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"I found it bracing, and genuinely in touch with the sweet chaos and ache of life."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Art is a dream through which some seek to rise above the mundane. "Synecdoche" is the nightmare of succumbing further to the mundane via art. What could be inaccessible is instead gloriously indispensable - a confounding & combative, but great, film."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Inaccessible and endlessly frustrating, Synecdoche is replete with art-house pomposity and the type of muddled profundity one sees in an introductory philosophy seminar."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"This is a classic Kaufmanesque work: bold, bizarre and utterly baffling."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
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