Syriana

Syriana

Syriana

George Clooney leads this 2005 suspense drama, where numerous plots and characters collide in the dark underbelly of the oil industry From Stephen Gaghan, Academy Award-winning writer of Traffic, and co-starring Oscar-winners Matt Damon, Chris Cooper and Christopher Plummer alongside Amanda Peet (Dirty John) and Golden Globe-winner Jeffrey Wright (Westworld).

2005Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, Coarse language128 minsUSA, United Arab Emirates
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Syriana / Reviews

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A film that takes numerous risks and thrives on them all.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Syriana has a lot of big, important things to say about big, important things, and it says them with a sense of urgency.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

Intelligent, political, incensed, timely, and appropriately cynical.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

It's hard to get passionately swept away by a movie when you're struggling continually to figure out who's doing what to whom and why.

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Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Watch closely and listen carefully during Syriana because Stephen Gaghan's movie is that rarity: a thinking person's drama.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

You may need a whiteboard and marker to follow it.

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BBC

BBC

You'll come away exhausted, but also exhilarated.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There is a weird absence of both dramatic heat and political light here.

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Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

The disorientation is purely cosmetic.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Syriana is an American movie that reaches out beyond itself. Watching it made me feel hopeful - a rare sensation in a cinema.

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Variety

Variety

A weighty and deeply intriguing look at the many-tentacled beast that is the international oil industry. Wide-ranging and restlessly probing, Stephen Gaghan's second directorial effort uses the same mosaic storytelling technique as in his Oscar-winning screenplay for "Traffic."

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It aims to be a great deal more than a standard geopolitical thriller and thereby succeeds in being one of the best geopolitical thrillers in a very long time.

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USA Today

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.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

"Syriana" is exciting, fascinating, absorbing, diabolical and really quite brilliant, but I'm afraid it inspires reviews that are not helpful. The more you describe it, the more you miss the point. It is not a linear progression from problem to solution. It is all problem. The audience enjoys the process, not the progress.

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