Schizopolis (1996)

This film is a satire about the lack of real communication found in contemporary high-tech society.With no real narrative, beginning, or ending credits, it centers on Munson, his wife, and a bizarre orange-clad goggle-wearing exterminator… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 31, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Janet Maslin
New York Times

Exasperating as it is, Schizopolis has a deliberateness almost interesting enough to offset its sophomoric streak.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though funny and observant at times, it still comes across as a strained juvenile guerilla movie whose bizarre antics never caught fire.

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Dan Jardine

At once an astute study of the banality of modern life and a banal student film wrapped around a series of inside jokes.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Schizopolis represents a minor act of self-indulgence on the part of the sometimes eccentric Steven Soderbergh but results in major tedium for the viewer.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a filmmaking exercise from someone eager to stretch his legs, do something goofy, and experiment, all of which Soderbergh does without losing his audience

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Chris Barsanti

moderately funny and seriously skewed

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's fresh, unexpected and goofy. It's not a smart career move, just a film that its director wanted to make for some crazy reason, and he made it.

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Taken as a whole, the film fails to maintain the consistent absurd tone it is aiming for.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

Schizopolis is by no means an epochal event, but it's clever and offbeat, well worth appreciating on its own proper terms.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Admiring how bad this film is intended to be, is easy, but accepting the circumstances under which is was made is kind of upsetting. Director Steven Soderbergh… More
Graham Jones
A truly strange film, it makes no sense and makes total sense all at the same time. Steven Soderbergh, at the top of his game, handles directing, editing,… More
Kevin M. Williams
Soderburgh's comic commentary on the vapidness of ordinary American life plays like a Youtube vid made by aspiring actors hoping for that one big break.… More
Spencer S.
A satire towards films that lean towards the pretentious; Schizopolis is a mishmash of a knowing of all things narrator, several different roles all portrayed… More
Greg S
Basically a series of absurd sketches, like a feature film made by a TV comedy troupe, with a thin organizing plot thread involving a man straining to write a… More
Ken Stachnik
The closest thing I can compare this too is Monty Python, but as if filtered through David Lynch and Jean Luc Godard. Really funny parts, really odd in others.