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Based on 40 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Takes off with the lightning speed of a thriller, the gonzo force of frontline journalism and the emotional wallop of a drama that puts a human face on shocking statistics. show more

  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    It's hard to get swept away when you're struggling to figure out who's doing what to whom and why. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A gripping and fascinating tale of political intrigue that spans three continents, its focus trained on the volatile Middle East. It's a global portrait of danger, deception and disillusionment, with no dearth of human casualties. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film itself operates on shifting sands. Shot documentary-style, by Robert Elswit, and accompanied by a pounding soundtrack, Syriana makes high-octane melodrama look like revealed truth. show more

  • 100
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    For two hours I felt like a kitten chasing an elusive ball of catnip that remained just beyond my paw. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    The movie adds up to one of the smartest and most ambitious political thrillers in years. But if you find a more difficult movie to follow this year, it will be in Mandarin without subtitles. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The character and geographical jumps leave you in a muddle with thinly sketched personalities and confusing plot points. Worse, dialogue dense with nuance and shaded meaning flies by too quickly. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An endlessly fascinating movie. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Clooney, who gained 35 pounds for the role, gives a self-effacing but highly effective performance. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    In today's environment, it's a rare thing to find a movie with interesting characters in dense, intelligent storylines, but that's what Syriana offers. It is one of the best films of 2005. show more

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