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Spike Jonze

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About the Movie

Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Cooper), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book "The Orchid Thief," he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another exploding into a wildly imaginative film. ADAPTATION, the year's most talked about movie, is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 201
  • Fresh: 182
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Adaptation may not be the first movie to examine the creative process. But it's the most playfully brilliant. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Adaptation is simply brilliant. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: What a bewilderingly brilliant and entertaining movie this is. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Kaufman's carefully constructed screenplay emphasizes so many layers of duality, it's beyond gimmick. It's a world view. – Steven Rosen, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Amazing Insight

When i first saw this movie, i couldnt stop thinking about it. Its amazing! Each of these characters finds someone who inspires them in some deep way and changes their view on life. THEN each finds out that they have been mislead and betrayed by the outward appearance. Such amazing insights into insecurity and the perceived loneliness of every human being. definitely a MUST SEE

What starts well does not always end well

This is a depressive movie - so if you are not an inherently cheerful person, and you don't enjoy indulging in the dark stuff, you should not go for this movie. The acting is OK - overall excellent actors in the movie. The story follows the well trodden path of stories about authors with writers cramp - these are often complicated stories, matching the complicated personalities of the leading characters. This is not an easy challenge for script writers and movie directors. A few movies manage it well, like "Stranger than fiction", which comes through with flying colors - perhaps one of the best movies made on the topic, where the viewer shares the laughs and the pain, leaving the movie with a smile. In "Adaptation" there is no smile, it just gets darker. The story starts out well, but stumbles along the way, not making it to the end.


This is by far the most clever, genius, and ahead-of-it's-time film that this generation has seen. The hypocrisy demonstrated by the protagonist provides a perfect hollywood satire, while remaining solemn and heartfelt. The acting of Cage, Streep, and Cooper is phinaminal, and the subtle genius facts and ideas really complement the amazing screenplay, direction, and acting. I couldn't be more impressed.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2003

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