A one gimmick affair that's periodically touching and clever but never the heartbreaking work of staggering genius its reviews would lead one to expect.
Rick Kisonak - MovieWeb
May be the first movie I've seen that bends your brain and breaks your heart at the same time.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Michel Gondry's angular and intelligent romantic comedy isn't entirely consistent. Even as you laugh, it's a movie you admire more than love.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
A poignant story set in a clever plot amidst exceptional performances.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The perfect movie about love's inevitable imperfections.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Neither wholly cynical nor wholly romantic, Kaufman's story is a balance of smarts and sentiment.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Hectic, muffled, maddeningly near-brilliant.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Deft, witty, and vastly enjoyable.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
A masterpiece? Probably. Ingenious? Absolutely! Unforgettable? I'll see you at the 10th-year anniversary.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
This mind-bender is both funny and touchingly romantic.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
It's giddy and groundbreaking, a feast for the head and the heart.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
A loving, often rigorous look at love gone awry.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
It's the kind of film that could mean more to people after they've left the theater and thought about it awhile.
Peter Rainer - New York Magazine
Do you feel clever, punk? Well, do you? Because that's the only way to get your head around the latest Charlie Kaufman flick.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
Despite jumping through the deliberately disorienting hoops of its story, Eternal Sunshine has an emotional center, and that's what makes it work.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
You constantly appreciate Kaufman's intelligence and Gondry's lively filmmaking.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
[Kaufman] clearly surpasses himself.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
It's a trippy but tender examination of human emotions, relationships, all-consuming love.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
One of the deepest, most moving dramas in years.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Dizzying, dazzling, smart and, most importantly, honestly struggling with the variables of love, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a mesmerizing mind game that still manages to find perfect pitch while pulling heartstrings.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Although the characters are unremarkable, Kaufman and director Michel Gondry ... have some thought-provoking things to say about the nature of memory.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
There is little charm in the coupling and almost no erotic intimacy, just a series of nerve-racking conversational collisions.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
If films about coping with memory loss and/or reverse-order storytelling now constitute a mini-genre, then pic is arguably the best of the lot.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Audacious, thought-provoking and ruefully funny.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A happy collision of cutting-edge writer, stars up for a challenge and a director with a taste for the symbolic.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Gets it more than right by stripping the science down to its laptop basics -- it's a 'simple' memory-erasing process -- and by putting greater emphasis on the humanity behind the diodes.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The twists here are the rare sort that seem both narratively surprising and emotionally engaging, particularly the one that boxes us into this interrogative corner.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
The disappointment I felt at the end of Eternal Sunshine was almost crushing, simply because there were sections of it that were as daring in their emotional directness as anything I've seen in years.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
This is the best movie I've seen in a decade. For once it's no hyperbole to say, 'Unforgettable!'
David Edelstein - Slate
A unique romantic comedy, unfettered by the normal expectations of the genre, is a rare and wondrous thing.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A bold and venturesome trip down memory lane as only writer Charlie Kaufman could imagine it.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
A remarkable film that can coax a smile about making the same mistakes in love and then sneak up and quietly break your heart.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The hiccups and eccentricities that define a Kaufman script -- the anguished neuroses, the narrative kinks -- are firmly in the service of a touching love story, not the other way around.
Manohla Dargis - Los Angeles Times
Imaginative, loopy romance is for adults only.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Michel Gondry tries to channel Fellini and ends up irrigating faulty plumbing.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
This is a wonderful, often beautiful, and melancholy character study of romance, humanity, and the mind with wonderful acting, incredible surrealism and a funny and heart-wrenching story.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The film entertains for the most part and gives us a set of marvellous performances from this outstanding cast, even if it doesn't quite reach the near-genius of Kaufman's other writings.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Most imaginative and impressively executed...
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
Kaufman and Gondry bring out all the weirdness of the premise, sometimes eliciting disbelieving laughter, sometimes taking us to odd, chilly places.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Walking into a theater with Charlie Kaufman on the screen is like volunteering for that wacky boat trip Willy Wonka took through the chocolate factory tunnel...
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one's own addled mind, and in allegorising the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart.
Jessica Winter - Time Out
Eternal Sunshine is fresh, heartfelt and ultimately heartbreaking in its honest portrayal of a modern relationship.
Mariko McDonald - Film Threat
The reality is that Hollywood is such an idea poor place Kaufman tends to get more credit than he deserves for work which only occasionally rises above the level of mind games and showy sleight of hand.
Rick Kisonak - Film Threat
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
It is an enchanting clutter of love and reason that will only appeal to the audience willing to take the time to see the movie and then think about it later.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
A unique deconstruction of man's innate desire to avert heartache.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Brian Rentschler - ScreenRant
The kind of movie that only gets better the more you think about it and I think it cries out for repeat viewings.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
You won't soon forget this walk down memory lane. Actually, make that a RUN down memory lane.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Odd but compelling; one of the year's 10 best
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Catholic Sun
like in the best sci-fi, it's primarily a metaphor for a deeper dilemma: the question of whether or not we'd really be better off eliminating heartbreak from our lives.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Most Hollywood films tell us we have everything we need within ourselves. [This movie] indicates that we need each other, even ... when togetherness disrupts happiness.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
...aligned with the Nietzschean idea that we are doomed to be ourselves, that the "eternal recurrence of the same" has a gravitational pull on our hearts.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Without a connection to the central relationship, all of Kaufman's musings and Gondry's visual frills would be for naught, but... it all fits into place.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Dense, complex and moving.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Maybe this isn't for everyone, but it's so well written, directed, and acted that I found it beguiling, thought provoking entertainment.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
A clever and offbeat romance.
Mark Robison - Reno Gazette-Journal
Eternal Sunshine is undeniably ambitious filmmaking and a feather in this year's cap of indie movies
Jay Antani - Los Angeles Alternative
Es una de esas peliculas donde la risa, el humor, la locura y la emocion te producen, al final, ganas de salir y enamorarte.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Carrey gracefully paints the neuroses of a man who has no security or intimacy beyond the close grip of his gloomy knit hat.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Breaks the mold, harnessing some of the same energy and imagination to create a highly original love story.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
...un hilo conductor que juega con el espacio y el tiempo, construyendo y deconstruyendo una historia que solo puede ser entendida al estilo Kaufman...
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Movies this brilliantly designed and executed are rarities.
Eric Melin - Lawrence.com
Brilliantly original and ingeniously revolutionary, Gondry and Kaufman couldn't be better paired.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Eternal Sunshine provides a fascinating, utterly captivating education in this curious thing called the power of love.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Love must flourish in the heart and soul of every romantic and emerge without trepidation or doubt.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Capturing the joys and pains of romantic obsession as few filmmakers have before, Gondry and Kaufman have come up with a masterpiece.
Josh Ralske - All Movie Guide
While I admired the clever screenplay, I found something to be lacking in the movie . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Some people may find the early going tough, but this remarkable movie is in possession of a serious mind and a rare, true heart.
Colin Kennedy - Empire Magazine
Ao contrario da tecnica que apresenta em sua trama, certamente sera lembrado por muito tempo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Fascinating story about love and how our memories define us.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A sort of existential love story in reverse... a white-hot starburst of extravagant emotionalism...
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Vibrant, warm and deliriously inventive.
Nev Pierce - BBC
Brilliantly written, emotionally mature, moving film with terrific performances all round -- this is easily one of the best films of the year.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
If this isn't a great film, it's still a winning cerebro-fantasia that is entertaining and occasionally poignant in its depiction of the callings of the heart.
Anita Katz - San Francisco Examiner
The fantastical conceit at the heart of ESOTSM envelopes an effective drama about relationships.
Nik Huggins - Future Movies UK
ultimately a sentimental romance - but never cloyingly so thanks to a mood of melancholy which none of the madcap mindgames ever quite manages to erase.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
It is not as fiendishly cunning as Being John Malkovich or as savage as Adaptation, but the surreal romantic twists are pure Kaufman at his neurotic worst
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Fascinating, perplexing, occasionally confusing, and often extremely funny. And ultimately, it's also touching.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
It's not a movie that you experience with others. Your reaction is personal.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Character arcs leap, plunge, spiral, and tie themselves into knots, yet somehow they still emerge as definable arcs, with real emotional punch... A rare and precious thing.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
...a wonderful little motion picture that perplexes and baffles the audience almost as easy as it charms them.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
[T]here's something warmly, recognizably, ubiquitously human in Sunshine, cuz don't we all fall in love and sometimes love it and hate it at the same time?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Significant performances from Carrey and especially Winslet highlight Charlie Kaufman's latest brain tease, which might have worked a little better with concept set to medium.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Carrey can play heartbreak with the same conviction that he can perform a fart gag in one of his regular comedies.
Dan Lybarger - Nitrate Online
Part science fiction, part romance, part nothing you've ever seen before, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a fresh spin on love and all things rosy and scary.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
... one of those movies that dares to be about something
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
It's expressionistic and impressionistic, even if Gondry goes so far in that direction that the film gets a little too complex to follow easily.
Matt Kelemen - Las Vegas CityLife
Being the best film of a year this early on is no gargantuan feat; Eternal Sunshine, however, stands a good chance of still holding that accolade by year's end.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
This is a real science fiction double feature, with the love story and the adventure tales superimposed. I simply adored it both times.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind continues to come up with such amazing visuals, but its real trick is that it makes us care for Joel and Clementine.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
a mind-bending, heart-tugging ode to the highs and lows of romantic love
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This is quite probably the best new science fiction film I have seen since MINORITY REPORT and well before. It is demanding, but delightfully engaging, and intelligent.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Kaufman is one of the most ingenious screenwriters in Hollywood...the clouds gather with Michel Gondry's breathlessly hyperactive direction.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Every bit as unapologetically old-fashioned and romantic as is it chronologically and visually twisted.
Chris Knight - National Post
A provocative, intelligent romance that is as challenging as it is saddening
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
...the story's brilliance shines through despite some minor problems.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Not just brilliant, but also as emotional and heartfelt as Gondry and Kaufman's previous collaboration, Human Nature, was shallow and crude.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
An exciting, thought-provoking, and overall weird experience at the movies.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
A wildly imaginative, hugely entertaining tour de force that asks big questions about life and love and fate while never ceasing to fully engage the viewer.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry's second collaboration is a mind-melting, dramatic masterpiece.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Michael Gondry uses New Wave techniques to craft a clever, Philip K. Dick version of love and the human condition. The best stuff Charlie Kaufman has done thus far.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Like footprints in the sand of a Montauk beach, no one leaves much of an impression.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Joel's head is like Dante's (or Matt Groening's) rings of relationship Hell
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Aptly reflects Joel's spastically sensible perspective.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
An odd sort of love story, a melancholy rumination that's as much about the head as the heart.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A mind-blowing romantic comedy.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Blisteringly funny, thought-provoking and heartfelt romance.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
It's as astounding as its title is unusual.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Perhaps the ultimate head trip flick.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
A delightful little wormhole that takes us on a journey to another dimension of consciousness.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
...festive identity-crisis romancer...a durable love story that's surrealistic in its compelling and cockeyed wonderment. Adventuresome cinema...intelligent and taut
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
I fully expected a trippy experience. What I didn't expect was to be so moved by the film...Beautiful and life-affirming.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Tougher, truer, more heart-breaking and then more heart-healing than a video store shelf of Julias, Megs, Reeses, and Sandras.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The movie is so inventive and beautiful that I don't see how it can be overlooked when next year's awards are given out.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
With a few adjustments of plot and premise, Gondry and Kaufman might have made their masterpiece here.
Ray Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Next Valentine's Day, there's room on the cross for one more.
Martin Scribbs - Mixed Reviews
Feels like something entirely brand-new; such are the gifts of Kaufman and Gondry, inventors and magicians.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
The filmmakers don't just create a puzzle that begs to be solved, they also compose a metaphysical poem that delights in the evanescence of experience and mourns it, a poem that ponders the solitude of the individual and finds it pitiable and immense.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Once again, Charlie Kaufman takes us down the rabbit hole in a way that only he can.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
[Jim] Carrey and [Kate] Winslet exude just the right chemistry--a destined connection--to make the love story between them ring with emotion and vitality.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
It's a scruffy, blurry puzzle to put together, and well worth the effort -- just be sure to clear a tabletop for it in your mind.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Intellectually demanding but ultimately satisfying, "Eternal Sunshine" plays to the strengths of its cast and well-bred creative team.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Another brain tickler from the creative mind of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman.
Diana Saenger - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Though certainly elliptical and challenging (and it moves well past the typical romantic notions it gently attacks), it's Kaufman's most universal and accessible film to date.
Kim Morgan - Reel.com
Joel and Clementine are played with such human believability by Carrey and Winslet that we feel a real stake in their finding each other again, either in memory or in the real world.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Kaufman's previous screenplays have always been intellectually rigorous, but you wouldn't necessary say they have a lot of passion. This one is different.
Carlo Cavagna - AboutFilm.com
It's a distinctive and heartbreaking flash of visual brilliance.
Dean Essner - Hollywood.com
It's a strange trip, to be sure, sort of like what Fantastic Voyage might have been if some acid-gobbling metaphysicians had been at the helm.
Lance Goldenberg - Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)
Charlie Kaufman knows how to write mind-benders. ... In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, however, Kaufman makes the crucial jump from mind-bender to heart-render.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Min feels like writer Charlie Kaufman going back to the same well one too many times.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
This is the kind of film that warrants repeated viewings just to discover the nuance and subtlety of Kaufman's story.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
An amazingly complex and yet strikingly affecting look at love, life and memory that gives us one of the great movie love stories ever told.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Jim Carrey finds a muse who combines the subversiveness of Andy Kaufman, the imagination of Dr. Seuss and the fearlessness of the Farrelly Brothers.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Works mostly as a showcase of visual wizardry.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Kaufman has here dug into a deeper, more heartfelt core and come up with one of the best films ever made about memory, its importance and malleability.
Chris Barsanti - Film Threat
At last Kaufman allows his characters to lift their heads out of the fog of narcissism and solipsism and dare to hope, to engage one another.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The most daring and bizarre in a string of daring and bizarre films penned by Kaufman.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
If this one doesn't make my year-end Top 10, that means we're due for at least ten more movies as brilliantly entertaining as this one. Somehow I doubt that's going to happen.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The cluttered direction by Michel Gondry (who made a botch of another Kaufman screenplay, Human Nature) keeps this story from soaring higher than it does.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
It's if Salvador Dali went to bed with heartburn, woke up in the middle of the night and designed a computer game, then tried to erase it all the next morning.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Carrey is essentially the straight man, yet he's rarely been funnier. And Winslet is perfect as the model of an unstable woman who's bad news but irresistible.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Gondry still lags behind Jonze in rendering cohesive stories and human connection from Kaufman's adventures in self-analysis.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
It's an out-of-body experience that you'll find hard to erase from your memory.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
The effort can fascinate, even if the result doesn't always match.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Start with an absurdity, a clinic where memories are erased, then try to conceive of the logical consequences. Then take same and create a romance. Voila!!!
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Two mad geniuses and a lot of other talented people transform the crazy ideas embedded in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind into a shimmering work of sheer brilliance.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Exhilarating cinema - entertaining and challenging, bizarre yet truthful. In many ways, it works like a dream.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Like other Kaufman screenplays, this one is devilishly hard to make both lucid and entertaining, but Gondry succeeds on both counts, pulling the audience into an increasingly dark, suspenseful and even touching psychological adventure.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The movie's tone -- which is as naturalistic as the plot is fantastic -- heightens the tantalizing sense that maybe, finally, this is the real Carrey we're seeing.
James Hebert - San Diego Union-Tribune
The charm and subtle heartbreak of Sunshine is watching how it unlocks secrets and little truths about love.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
Writer Charlie Kaufman spins another tale of the search for love among the maladjusted, this one a head-spinning combination of Groundhog Day and Memento, featuring Jim Carrey's best performance to date.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The pairing of Carrey and Winslet may sound like a stretch, but both make it work with terrific performances.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Utterly original, brilliant and complex.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Charlie Kaufman has succinctly combined his innate quirkiness with his intuitive imagination to create one of the more ingenious yet simplistic love stories ever written.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
[H]ow does Kaufman keep coming up with these things? How does he keep remembering to forget all the rules?
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
It's an equally sad, sweet and strange head trip you can't miss.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's best not to try to make too much sense of it but rather to let it work its quirky magic on a purely entertaining level.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
The thinking is shallow. The emotions are tepid. But the creativity is dazzling.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
One of the most realistic movies ever made about the unpredictable impact our experiences have on our sense of self.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Just your everyday, surreal, sweet, old-fashioned, science-fiction-flavored romance that tugs at your heart as it blows your mind.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Ingeniously idiosyncratic Charlie Kaufman wraps his head around themes of lucid-dreaming and lost love in Eternal Sunshine, and once again hits the Freudian jackpot.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Kaufman, who is by far the most exciting screenwriter working today, has taken his trademark loopy storytelling and transformed it into something more mature and wonderful.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Brilliant, an endlessly clever, funny and strangely moving story that will leave viewers with a warm heart and smoke curling out of their ears.
Peter Sobczynski - Critic Doctor
At once heartfelt and hilarious, another Kaufman-esque mix of black comedy, shaggy-dog romance, retro sci-fi and metaphysics.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Eternal Sunshine never betrays its ambitions and never lets you down, offering a complex message about love and human relations that's as universal as it is refreshing.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
In addition to matching Kaufman's wild imagination with equally startling visuals, Gondry has also managed to get the best, most mature and sharply focused performance ever from Jim Carrey.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Dazzles as its predecessors did, but its core of melancholy and heartbreak makes it a harder experience to shake off.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
...this isn't a romance about the flowering of first love, but about learning how to make a mature love stay in bloom.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
As a friend joked, 'If you peel away the movie's postmodern tricks, what you're left with is about as profound as a Hugh Grant movie.'
John Powers - L.A. Weekly
a seductive, intelligent, and engrossing love story that has the viewer in love with its quirky concept.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Wholly romantic, but Kaufman focuses less on the grand and sappy, and more on those moments where a heartstring tug is inexplicable to anyone besides those doing the pulling.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
It's both a brilliant piece of visionary filmmaking and a deeply romantic love story, and while Charlie Kaufman's script will undoubtedly become required film-school reading, it's the performances that really make it play.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
While Kaufman has sprung some world-class brainteasers on us before, 'Sunshine' is the first screenplay he's written that hits the heart.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Begins as another one of Kaufman’s trademark head trips and takes a leap into the sublime.
Ben Kenigsberg - East Hampton Independent
Ingenious, eccentric and very moving.
John Anderson - Newsday
I'm haunted by its ability to formulate the impossible complexity of the will to love to the screen.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It cheerfully dives down the rabbit hole while other films are searching for the exit, reminding us that happiness -- true happiness -- has no easy answers.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
A thoughtful, audacious meditation on love and relationships that finds a group of wildly disparate talents clicking together in perfect unison.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
a remembered place can enter someone's living room with a camera pan
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Spreads the brightest cinematic sunbeams of the season.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a fascinating psychological drama exploring the manifold meanings of memory, love, desire and disappointment.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
As techno-wacky and surreal as the movie gets, what gives it a genuine, beating heart is Kaufman's insight about relationships.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Another home run for Charlie Kaufman! Carrey and Winslet are fantastic! 10 on a scale of 1 to 10!
John Venable - Supercala.com
For all its weirdness, Eternal Sunshine is easily the most accessible, affectionate and satisfying of Kaufman's clever films.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Another unpleasantly glib, shallow demonstration of Kaufman's self-satisfied cleverness, further marred by failed pretensions to profundity about romantic destiny.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
What's lacking is what the movie is ostensibly about: the heart that so often leads us to fall in love with the wrong people at the wrong time.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
It's a beautiful, sad, profound film and, although parts of it may remind you of other works of art ... it is like nothing you've ever seen.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The real breakthrough comes from Kaufman, whose absurdist sensibility has finally coalesced into narrative maturity.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
In its clever dystopian conceit, the film hides an astute analysis of, to borrow a phrase from Mandy Moore, how we deal.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Carrey and Winslet have a distinct chemistry, their coming-together scenes unfold with a tender credibility and their problems evolve with a poignant inevitability.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Daffy, gratifyingly inventive.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is appropriately memorable.
Gerry Shamray - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
The most emotional movie I've watched in a while because it reveals the true, priceless value of memories, and makes their loss worthy of panic.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Kaufman cooks up a fascinating premise of mending broken hearts, but Gondry deserves extra credit for conjuring the right images to match the story's wickedly clever asides.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Easily the most captivating couple of hours you're likely to have at the movies all year, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is brilliant cinema - don't miss it
Clint Morris - Mediasharx
By its delightful end, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind will have you, heart, mind and soul.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
...le premier excellent film de 2004 et une experience unique au cinema...
Nicolas Lacroix - EnPrimeur.ca
[Carrey] adds an ineffable sweet sadness to this complex tale of love found, lost, and then rediscovered in Kaufman's suitably novel way.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
A dizzying film that pulses with confusion, fantasy and heart, asking questions about memory and the nature of love that one can't help but apply to his own life.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
By the third act, the glow has worn off, and the film plods towards its inescapable finale with deadly familiarity.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Delightfully demented and edgy enough to sustain interest.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Great concept but mediocre movie.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
An ambitious, spellbinding and fascinating mind trip of a movie.
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Manages to present romantic relationships in an incredibly passionate yet astoundingly pessimistic way, and I think that screwed up my equilibrium, or something.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
...a romantic date movie alternative...
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Kaufman's scripts have always centered on human vulnerability and neediness, but this is his most mature and genuinely affecting tall tale to date.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Even if the script had been more accessible, it's doubtful whether its ultra-high concept will connect with general audiences.
Peter Brunette - Screendaily
[While] not as good as the Kaufman films directed by Spike Jonze... it's touched by aspects of greatness.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Vividly and graphically illustrates Calderon's de la Barca's maxim, 'Life is a dream.'
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Electronic alteration of memory cells allows writer Kaufman full liberty to play with flashbacked time warps within a zany conceptual framework.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Michel Gondry's visual ingenuity is superbly suited to Charlie Kaufman's cleverly intricate and ambiguous narrative on love It's a seductively spellbinding mind-trip!
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Festive like happiness, buoyant like romance, fiery like a new love, and shattered like a broken heart.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Both embraces and transcends the quirkiness of Kaufman's previous efforts, forming a moving, inspired mediation on the funny-sad nature of love.
Gabriel Shanks - Mixed Reviews
Works like a visual poem with razor sharp writing and some of the best acting yet from a powerhouse cast.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
... a strange, sometimes confusing and often brilliant black comedy.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Misery wants company.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a comedy that has the bracing fright of an identity-crisis horror film.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
A special meeting of minds between Kaufman (who seems to represent at least 80 per cent of the imagination in Hollywood's screenwriting gene pool) and Gondry. The fact that Jim Carrey gives the best turn of his career so far doesn't hurt either.
Daniel Etherington - Film4