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: December 9, 2005
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
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Critic Score: 73% 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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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.

Victoria Segal
New Statesman

... If you can avoid getting too hung up on the details, Syriana is a brave attempt to blitz the goody-baddy dynamics of cold-war film-making and concentrate on the ambiguities of modern geopolitics.

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David Ansen

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

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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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Fernando F. Croce

A skeleton of theme minus the meat of resonance

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Stephanie Zacharek

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

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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

It's hard to get passionately swept away by a movie when you're struggling continually to figure out who's doing what to whom and why.

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James Mottram

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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Flixster Audience Score: 67% 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