(2002)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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100
Miami Herald
In a larger sense, Adaptation is a movie about the simple act of enjoying life -- of really embracing it -- without constantly worrying about what others think.
100
Washington Post
Surely the most creative trick of the year and grimly funny throughout.
100
Rolling Stone
Screenwriting this smart, inventive, passionate and rip-roaringly funny is a rare species. It's magic.
91
The notion of meta has never been diddled more mega than in this giddy Möbius strip of a movie, a contrivance so whizzy and clever that even when it tangles at the end, murked like swampy southwestern Florida itself, the stumble has quotation marks around it.
90
Salon.com
A highly enjoyable failure, a quandary that can't resolve itself.
88
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Duelling roles are an actor's dream, and Cage takes full advantage. He and that face of his -- hang-dog homely one minute, vibrantly macho the next -- are perfectly cast. So is Streep as the sophisticated Manhattanite drawn into a steamy realm of Southern discomfort.
83
Portland Oregonian
You have to experience the thing to understand its simultaneous recklessness and care, its humor and sadness in the name of failure, its playful but dismal take on formulaic Hollywood endings.
75
Adaptation is sort of like the mythical Ourabouros mentioned in the screenplay -- the snake that eats its own tail -- or like a series of mirrors repeating their images to infinity.
70
Chicago Reader
This is like a Ferris wheel--the ride's enjoyable but you've gone nowhere once it's over.
63
Even at its best, Adaptation is one of the movie year's most esoteric outings -- more so than even Paul Thomas Anderson's far superior "Punch-drunk Love." Too smart to ignore but a little too smugly superior to like, this could be a movie that ends up slapping its target audience in the face by shooting itself in the foot.

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