Syriana
Syriana (2005)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 20, 2006
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Critic Score
72%
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68%



Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ambitious, complicated, intellectual, and demanding of its audience, Syriana is both a gripping geopolitical thriller and wake-up call to the complacent.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com

It's entirely possible that Gaghan just isn't an actor's director.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A skeleton of theme minus the meat of resonance

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David Ansen
Newsweek

Its dark, dog-eat-dog vision of the world we live in may give you geopolitical nightmares.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

James Mottram
Film4

A film that treats its audience as adults, this is an extremely rewarding work that handsomely pays off the concentration required to watch it.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Watch closely and listen carefully during Syriana because Stephen Gaghan's movie is that rarity: a thinking person's drama.

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Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Raymond Wieser
Syriana is not a film for everyone. It requires the audience to be extremely attentive, and may even require multiple viewings to be able to fully understand… More
Alex roy
Syriana is a top notch, exhilarating political thriller film. Loosely based on the political memoir of ex CIA operative Robert Baer, See No Evil; Syriana takes… More
Jim Careter
An exhilirating movie that is fun to watch and interesting to think about. Clooney steals the show.
Julie B
Eh. Good performances, nothing you haven't seen before and a lot of work to follow.
Steven Carrier
"Syriana" is a rubrics cube of a film and like a rubrics cube, it can be maddening, unassuming and unsatisfying. But also like the game,… More
Jeremy Smith
Syriana cleverly poses a global problem: the world is addicted to oil and there isn't enough for everyone and most of the oil is in unstable governments.… More

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