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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind back to product details

Couldn't get into it
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written by MBreslau December 5, 2011 - 4:47 AM PST
I had to turn it off after 20 minutes. I didn't like or identify with any of the protagonists; and up to then the film seemed to be about unfortunate misfits and I had no interest in watching more.

Your milage may vary, but that's my reaction.
Mike

Getting the Better of Our Blunders
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written by RJones3 October 7, 2007 - 6:12 PM PDT
0 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is a fun and oddly touching film. To make more of it than that is to join the cultists who would have us revere it. One reviewer claims that the writer and director have gotten inside her head, much like the electroshock gadget applied to the temples of Joel Barish (Jim Carrey), and that they have special insight into what it is like to love in the modern age. What is it about the story of this film that so reverberates? Another reviewer claims that the virtues of this movie will be obvious to anyone who has ever fallen in love. If so, they will be even more obvious to anyone who has fallen out of love. Although Joel in the final scene proclaims the relationship between him and Clementine Kruczynski (Kate Winslet) as "OK," in the scene after the closing credits (if there were one) she erases him again from her memory. Indeed, the title of the film is from a 1717 poem by Alexander Pope, remembered mostly for his rapier wit, in which the lovers are in their respective convents and the issue of their love has been decided once and for all by castration. If this is not literary confirmation enough, there is Nietzsche with his long-tried memory, quoted in the film as "Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders." But who am I to write a sequel? For all we know, Joel and Kate finally settle down to have the baby that Kate wants so badly. Like Tertullian, we believe because it is impossible.

Gondry & Kaufman do it again
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written by talltale October 5, 2004 - 5:12 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND is everything you've heard and maybe a bit more. Funny, off and on, but also quite sad and unsettling (co-writer Kaufman and writer/director Gondry nail the bad part of a relationship wonderfully well), and so amazingly inventive that you'll have a great time trying to keep up with everything. Carey is as good as I've ever seen him (quiet and real when necessary, but also crazy when the occasion demands), with the rest of the top-notch cast all doing their best (watch Ruffalo give another great performance--very different from anything I've seen him do). My only complaint is that the film didn't really move me. Finally, it manages to be a bit sentimental in an almost typical manner instead of deeply, truly moving--as you might expect from something as unique as this one-of-a-kind creation. ETERNAL SUNSHINE should cause some movie fans to check out Gondry's other fine and funny film, "Human Nature."

If PKD wrote a romantic comedy
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written by whump September 21, 2004 - 5:35 PM PDT
9 out of 14 members found this review helpful
it would be this movie. The beauty of the film comes from how Gondry and Kauffman set up their universe, then run wild within its rules.

If reality is what remains when you suspend belief, then love is what remains when you stop apologizing for your beloved.

See this film
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written by PurpleJesus September 9, 2004 - 6:33 PM PDT
2 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I can't find anything wrong with this film. Nothing. I've tried. I've thought about it. I don't like talking about the plots to movies so I won't spoil them, but I'd like to recommend this film anyway. If you've ever been in love, see it.

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