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Syriana Reviews



Genre :

Drama, Thriller

Release Date :

December 09, 2005

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Stephen Gaghan

Starring :

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Cooper, Tim Blake Nelson, Amanda Peet, Christopher Plummer, Greta Scacchi

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2 of 5

“..Syriana is too disjointed to work as a successful thriller..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
3.5 of 4

“..one of the best films of 2005..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
8.5 of 10

“..Gaghan has written another complex, intelligent thriller so relevant to what's going on in the world today..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
2 of 4

“..feels like a fact-based, pragmatic, rambling dissertation from a graduate student..”
by Jeremiah Kipp [Slant Magazine]
“..fascinating, exasperating film about the unholy marriage of power politics and global business..”
by Ella Taylor [L.A. Weekly]
3.5 of 5

“..dense, talky, proudly complicated adult drama of geopolitical intrigue..”
by Lisa Schwarzbaum [Entertainment Weekly]
2.5 of 4

“..an alternately engrossing and confusing film stretched over far too broad a narrative canvas..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
4 of 4

“..a tough nut that demands attention, refuses to ingratiate and keeps throwing curves..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
3 of 5

“..a fitfully engrossing and overreaching film..”
by Chris Barsanti [Filmcritic]
8 of 10
Reviewed by Mel Valentin [Movie-Vault]
5 of 5
Reviewed by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Philip Wuntch [The Dallas Morning News]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Heather Wood [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Eric Lurio [Greenwich Village Gazette]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by William Arnold [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Wade Major [Boxoffice Magazine]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Ethan Alter [NYC Film Critic]
3.5 of 4
Reviewed by Gene Seymour [Newsday]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Barbara Vancheri [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Duane Dudek [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Daniel Fienberg [Zap2it]
3 of 4
Reviewed by [Cinema Signals by The Filmiliar Cineaste]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jack Mathews [New York Daily News]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Erik Childress [EFilmCritic]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Peter Keough [The Boston Phoenix]
Reviewed by Jean Lowerison [San Diego Metropolitan]
Reviewed by Ken Eisner [Georgia Straight]
Reviewed by Kirk Honeycutt [The Hollywood Reporter]
Reviewed by Ken Tucker [New York Magazine]
Reviewed by David Denby [The New Yorker]
Reviewed by Steve Schneider [Orlando Weekly]

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“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..a horror movie with an anti-globalist bent that's more interesting than its halfhearted scares..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]


“..delivering a highly stylized widescreen revenge picture loaded with weapons and driven entirely by "superficial action"..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]


“..the film isn't particularly convincing either as a rousing anthology of bloodsport set pieces or a deeply felt portrait of revenge and reunion..”
by Vadim Rizov [A.V. Club]

'71 :

“..the hard-charging debut feature from TV director Yann Demange, makes us live every vivid, violent moment with him, the threat of death lurking at every turn..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..undoubtedly a remarkable achievement, especially for a first-time filmmaker..”
by Jordan Hoffman [Film.com]


“..still, "The Lazarus Effect," clocking in at a brief 86 minutes, doesn't go far enough, isn't scary enough and has mad scientists who just aren't mad enough..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]