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Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, who scripted Steven Soderbergh's structurally kindred Traffic, the intriguing but finally unsatisfying Syriana is the latest product of the Clooney-Soderbergh salutary-cinema factory.
Washington City Paper  |  Mark Jenkins  |  12-09-2005  |  Reviews

Oil Makes the World Go Roundnew

One of the most uncompromising movies of the year, Syriana is like a living tableaux composed from all the stories that lurk just behind the news, the stories that put human faces on the demand for oil.
Austin Chronicle  |  Marjorie Baumgarten  |  12-08-2005  |  Reviews

Liberty and Justice For Oil

Stephen Gaghan gives the oil industry the Traffic treatment in a well-made, well-cast Gordian knot of a film.
Columbus Alive  |  Melissa Starker  |  12-08-2005  |  Reviews

Film Charts Corruption of Global Oil Businessnew

Syriana often feels less like an escapist thriller and more like a contemporary nightmare of Americans occupying a country whose ideals they no longer recognize.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Felicia Feaster  |  12-08-2005  |  Reviews

Plot-Weaving Clinicnew

Complex and intricate, Syriana is well worth two-plus hours of your life.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  12-07-2005  |  Reviews

Lies Per Gallonnew

This damning petro-thriller rambles like an SUV on a Sunday drive.
Seattle Weekly  |  Brian Miller  |  12-07-2005  |  Reviews

Wonk This Way

Syriana gives policy-paper ideas dramatic urgency.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  12-05-2005  |  Reviews

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