Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 24, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Charlie Kaufman's ambitious directorial debut occasionally strains to connect, but ultimately provides fascinating insight into a writer's mind.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The more you ruminate on Synecdoche, New York, the more resonance you find in it.

Peg Aloi

Even amid the complexity of his vision, there are moments of searing simplicity and emotional speechlessness that even the most hardened loner among us cannot fail to take to heart.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's a strange trip, to be sure, but a worthwhile one for those willing to take it.

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Justin Stewart
Stop Smiling

The movie is ungainly, but to appreciate it one has to swallow the whole purple pill. As inconsistent as it is, it's still more album than mix tape.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

I found it bracing, and genuinely in touch with the sweet chaos and ache of life.

Stuart Klawans
The Nation

Brilliantly imagined and perfectly performed, Synecdoche, New York is so heartbroken and strange that it can be compared only to other Charlie Kaufman films.

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Thomas Bowler
Now watch as Charlie Kaufman disappears up his own arse! With style. Full review later.
Sam Barnett
"Synecdoche, New York" is, by all accounts, the nightmare world of Charlie Kaufman's mind. Both writing and directing, Kaufman's inner… More
Dan Schultz
A daring, inventive, polarizing motion picture that falters at times but still succeeds due to its final scene's emotional power and the strength of its… More
paul oh
You can tell that this film was meticulously drawn out but the final work is hard to comprehend. The film is existential to the max and only lets true scholars… More
Luke Baldock
Kaufman has always split me down the middle. He's a wonderful writer at times, but sometimes his vision hasn't had the best representation (I found… More