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About the Movie

Written and directed by Academy Award-winner Stephen Gahan ("Traffic"), Syriana tracks several disparate characters across the globe as they find their lives impacted by the ruthless competition for incalculable power and wealth that drives the energy industry. Starring Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner and Emmy-nominees George Clooney ("Good Night, And Good Luck," "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve"), and Matt Damon ("Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve," "The Bourne Supremacy"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Chris Cooper ("American Beauty," "Adaptation") and Academy Award-winner and Golden Globe-nominee William Hurt ("Syriana," "The Village"). George Clooney won his first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 196
  • Fresh: 142
  • Rotten: 54
  • Average Rating: 6.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's entirely possible that Gaghan just isn't an actor's director. – Stephanie Zacharek,, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Its dark, dog-eat-dog vision of the world we live in may give you geopolitical nightmares. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Mar 30, 2009

Fresh: Syriana impresses, not because it is very moving, which it isn't, or because it is crystal clear, which it also isn't, but because it is so large, so encompassing, so seemingly privy to inside stuff. – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: This is intelligent, committed, and politically provocative, though its narrative puzzle box may prompt you to throw up your hands and let ExxonMobil go on running the world. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


One of the best films of the decade. A must see.


Thoughtful,intelligent,bleak and realistic ,Syriana should be required viewing for anyone who believes more boots on the ground is an option in the Middle East.


This is definately one of Clooney's best performances. The episodic nature of this film makes it a bit hard to follow but it's worth the watch.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2005

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