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From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, a political thriller with multiple storylines that weave together showing the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is intelligent, committed, and politically provocative, though its narrative puzzle box may prompt you to throw up your hands and let ExxonMobil go on running the world."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's entirely possible that Gaghan just isn't an actor's director."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A skeleton of theme minus the meat of resonance"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Probes a significant subject but treats its people as mere stick figures carrying exposition from place to place."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Gaghan kapitulira pred holivudskim konvencijama te film zaklju%u010Duje spektakularnom, ali banalnom i krajnje neuvjerljivom zavr%u0161nicom"
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"Its dark, dog-eat-dog vision of the world we live in may give you geopolitical nightmares."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"Syriana impresses, not because it is very moving, which it isn't, or because it is crystal clear, which it also isn't, but because it is so large, so encompassing, so seemingly privy to inside stuff."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A film that treats its audience as adults, this is an extremely rewarding work that handsomely pays off the concentration required to watch it."
‑ James Mottram, Film4
"Preferring probing questions to pat solutions, the film drills deep in its exploration of the US's ventures, both economic and military, in the Middle East."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Politically-paranoid, if well-intentioned, this disjointed message movie doesn't really do much more than indict the usual suspects."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Evidently, such matters of thematic coherence, so well explored by Gaghan in Traffic, were not as important to him this time around, and it's a mistake."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Watch closely and listen carefully during Syriana because Stephen Gaghan's movie is that rarity: a thinking person's drama."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"You didn't understand all of it? It went by too fast to take it all in? There was too much information to mentally digest? Yeah, well, that was kind of the point."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"The most troublesome part of Syriana is that the movie is, in fact, so easy to believe."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"In addition to the performances there's a wealth of memorable detail."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
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