Adaptation (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: December 6, 2002
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dizzyingly original, the loopy, multi-layered Adaptation is both funny and thought-provoking.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

For two-thirds of its running time the film is close to genius. But there's still no third act.

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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle

Mired in the inertia of Charlie's writer's block, as if the real Kaufman never found his own passion for the material.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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.

Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

One-of-a-kind near-masterpiece.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

A fine accomplishment from all involved, especially Charlie Kauffman, who has written a bewildering and captivating movie, which bares his mind, heart and soul.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Adaptation may not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
One of those dolls that open up and voila, there's another doll inside, and so on, and so on. Kaufman lacks a finish but boy, what a show until then!… More
Kase Vollebregt
A triumphantly meta film that takes every opportunity to take a filmic cliche and completely turn it on its head. This is writer Kaufman's movie as much as… More
Carlos Magalh„es
A remarkably intelligent film that blends reality and fiction to make a humorous self-reflection about an author and his creative process, and it boasts some… More
Eric Shankle
Adaptation is one of the most intelligent and original films I've ever seen. Charlie Kaufman did a fantastic job with the script and it makes the audience… More
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Spike Jonze once again delivers exactly what you'd expect from Spike Jonze--the unexpected. There's a lot to chew on in this movie. This movie goes to… More
Mike S
When you view this film, the first thing that strikes you is how non-mediocre Nicolas Cage is. He's been in so much crap lately, that it's easy to… More