Abbot Gensler
Chris Nashawaty
March 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Synecdoche, New York

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
124 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/24/08
performer
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Samantha Morton
director
Charlie Kaufman
distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
author
Charlie Kaufman
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a C+

As a writer, Charlie Kaufman traffics in unraveling minds (Being John Malkovich), but in his directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, he gets lost in his own. Hoffman is a playwright whose health and marriage are crumbling in this metaphysical head-scratcher that will ?either make you want to give up after 10 minutes or rewatch immediately. What you shouldn’t do is stick around for a painful Q&A EXTRA between Kaufman and Top Chef judge Toby Young. C+

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