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'Synecdoche, New York': Everyone is Everyonenew

Charie Kaufman's directorial debut is a thoughtful, existential, and brilliant film
Metroland  |  John Brodeur  |  12-18-2008  |  Reviews

'Synecdoche': Imperfect Copiesnew

Charlie Kaufman overreaches with his surreal story of a director making his life into an ever-evolving play.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  11-28-2008  |  Reviews

Charlie Kaufman Takes on Life Itselfnew

It's tempting to get entangled in the little details sparkling throughout Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Alan Cho  |  11-13-2008  |  Reviews

Charlie Kaufman Strains His Brain in 'Synecdoche'new

For his directorial debut, Kaufman shoots the moon, facing themes of loneliness, illness, failure and mortality as if he'll never make another film again. If Synecdoche is about making life count, Kaufman practices what he preaches.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Curt Holman  |  11-12-2008  |  Reviews

Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman Gets His Chance in the Director's Chairnew

The movies made from Kaufman's scripts often suffer from a certain airlessness, plunging deeper and deeper into a world with no center. Synecdoche, which takes its name from a literary device in which a part is substituted for the whole, takes that centerlessness as its central theme.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Sam Adams  |  11-11-2008  |  Reviews

Kaufman Conquers: 'Synecdoche, New York' is a Surreal Surprisenew

Kaufman's directorial debut is as conceptually daring and narratively complex as his screenplays for Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Elements of all three films can be spotted in this one, but with his own hand on the joystick Kaufman burrows further into his idiosyncratic world than ever before.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  11-10-2008  |  Reviews

We're All Just Players in 'Synecdoche, New York'new

Synecdoche is conceptually enormous, and at times it threatens to collapse under the heavy weight of its ambition, but it’s also new, fresh and, if you're willing to take the stage with Kaufman, as tragic and exciting as real life itself.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Anders Wright  |  11-05-2008  |  Reviews

Ache 'til You Laugh in 'Synecdoche, New York'new

After Synecdoche's Chicago International screening, I moderated an hour-long Q&A with Kaufman, and it was one of the more rapt audiences in my experience. Everyone had questions.
Chicago Newcity  |  Ray Pride  |  11-05-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Charlie Kaufman Talks About His Polarizing 'Synecdoche'new

In person, Kaufman is the last person in the world one could consider polarizing -- frail, neurotic, honest, sweet, tortured and in need of a hug, yes, absolutely.
Dallas Observer  |  Robert Wilonsky  |  11-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Synecdoche, New York' Keeps Me Guessingnew

Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut may not be everyone's cup of tea. It's really quite brilliant, but it's also so difficult and so emotionally downbeat that it's hard to characterize it as "entertaining."
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Andy Klein  |  10-24-2008  |  Reviews

Charlie Kaufman Turns to Philip Seymour Hoffman to Tackle His Neurosesnew

Entirely too "clever," this story about an upstate New York theater director parades all of Kaufman’s neuroses: sexual frustration, creative surfeit (not a creative block), body hatred and celebrity paranoia. What's missing is universality; that's swallowed up by Kaufman's intellectual egomania.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  10-23-2008  |  Reviews

Jim Carey Shares the Witty, Wild and Wackynew

Thank goodness for Jack Black. No longer must Jim Carrey squirm and wiggle around as the antic king of funny movies. Now that JB and his eyeballs can careen the silver screen single-handedly, Carrey is free to do his shtick as a really good, dramatic, emotive actor.
Boise Weekly  |  Jennifer Gelband  |  08-07-2004  |  Reviews

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