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Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson

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About the Movie

From the Oscar-winner who brought you ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and BEING JOHN MALKOVICH comes a riveting new masterpiece. Michael Stone - husband, father and noted author - travels to Cincinnati to speak at a customer service conference. But once he’s separated from the routine of his daily life, a chance encounter helps him to realize just what, and whom, he’s been missing. Love, laughter and loneliness align in a “staggeringly inventive” (Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly) stop-motion work of art from directors Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 243
  • Fresh: 222
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 8.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: What drives the film is a scowling suspicion that modern man is a mechanized being, created as if on an assembly line, and stripped bare of individuality-a product, like any other merchandise. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Jan 18, 2016

Fresh: Charlie Kaufman's animated feature is one of his best films yet, a haunting fable about the illusion of love. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Jan 29, 2016

Fresh: It's a film therapists could spend years analysing on the couch. [Kaufman] has, once again, succinctly captured that very modern problem of how we live. Sheer genius. – James Mottram, South China Morning Post, Apr 6, 2016

Fresh: I've seen it thrice. It has not palled. – David Sexton, London Evening Standard, Mar 14, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Human. Extraordinary. Raw. Emotional. Beautiful. Psychological. Brilliant. Exquisite. Finely Made. Grand. A spectacle. "ANOMALISA" has changed my life.

Welcome to Cincinnati

Fantastic movie. Watched this with my mother and she missed the whole point. Great storyline and fantastic stop motion animation. Warning. This is not a movie to show to kids. Also, you should visit the Cincinnati zoo. It's zoo sized.

P.S. I'm from Cincinnati.


For an animated film, it’s one of the most human films I’ve ever seen. Open to interpretation, this film ultimately represents the journey of hope trying to find love, and the burden of mental illness. Beautifully told, acted and presented - shocking this didn’t win an Academy Award.