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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004
Romance
Drama
1h 48m
Joel (Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover his love for Clementine. (Focus Features)
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

2004
Romance
Drama
1h 48m
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Rated 27 Feb 2007
10
98th
One of those films where when I finished it, I had to immediately watch it again. I connected with all of the characters, especially Joel, and give mad props to Jim Carrey in this film. Also, you have to be excited about Kaufman's future in this medium.
Rated 07 Feb 2007
100
98th
I'm not ashamed to admit that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favorite movies of all time. Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey deliver practically polar opposites of their usual performances, and both pull it off perfectly. Charlie Kaufman reveals himself to be one of the greatest screenwriters around today, and Michel Gondry gives the movie the visual flair it deserves. Props to everyone involved.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
83rd
Jim Carrey plays Joel to perfection. A beautiful story about relationships told in a very unusual way. I very much enjoy films that portray how memory is malleable, subjective and different from what actually occured. As such I really enjoyed it.
Rated 24 Mar 2008
100
99th
The perfect collaboration of a great visionary mind in Gondry and a master storyteller in Charlie Kaufman. Reinvented the romantic comedy into a fantastic and heartfelt voyage into the mind and heart of the movie's main character. Stellar performances by the whole cast, Jim Carrey in particular (funny how comedians so often make great drama actors). A must see for anyone with a brain and a heart.
Rated 27 Jun 2016
92
84th
Well-made for sure, and it has an incredibly creative screenplay, but both of the main characters are so screwed up that the "happy" ending feels disingenuous, a convenient fade-out before more unpleasantness begins. Apparantly, the original ending showed that both characters went through the cycle of erasing their own memories and then meeting again over and over for the rest of their lives, unable to learn from their mistakes. That would have been a far more appropriate ending for them.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
98th
Fantastic, beautiful, moving, original, insightful, thought-provoking and entertaining. Charlie Kaufman is developing very quickly from a merely clever writer into a brilliant one. However, it would have helped me get behind the love story if Joel did more than meekly respond to Clementine's wackiness and scribble protectively in his journal.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
92nd
A picture of sheer originality, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a emotionally engaging, thought provoking picture of the highest quality.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
94th
Emotionally revealing, almost pornographic, it's the definitive cinematic statement of love from a generation growing cynical to the concept of onscreen wooing per day.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
96
94th
One of the most original, moving, humane, and comic films I've seen. It encaptures so much truth about memories, human emotion, and the romantic nature of love. I can not find words to express how much this movie means to me, nor can I pick out how or why the film works the way it does. This is one of those that in the long run I believe will be considered one of the undying classics in film history.
Rated 27 Mar 2010
95
96th
Both Gondry and Kaufman are infamous for going off on tangents without a care in the world if anyone follows. Strange then, that for all Gondry's low-fi visual playfulness and Kaufman's weird plot-devices, this is one of the most grounded love stories ever put on screen. This is largely due to Carrey and Winslet, showcasing such a naked display of human frailty, that the oddball romance seems as recognisable as it is heartbreaking. Somehow all these odd ends have been tied perfectly together.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
8
93rd
Wicked unique, and definitely my favorite Kaufman film. It's one of the only romantic dramas that really works for me from start to finish, and as such it would make a perfect date film. If your date is bored and would rather watch How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, dump them! Even Kirsten Dunst is good! Fucking miraculous!
Rated 11 Jul 2009
95
98th
I rewatched it last night, still a beautiful movie. Even better than I remembered, it's sad yet hopeful. Kate Winslet and Jim Carrey are on top of their game and Eternal Sunshine is also visually very enjoyable.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
99th
A great film based around a brilliant and original script with both humour and heart in spades. I fell in love with Clementine, cried buckets, and couldn't wait to do it all over again.
Rated 28 Sep 2009
95
98th
So beautiful. Perhaps the movie where Kaufman finally managed to mesh his fantastic ideas with genuine emotion in the screenplay. Gondry's direction fits the film like a glove, and Winslet/Carrey are great. This seems like it's gonna end up being remembered, which is a great thing.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
30
15th
Kaufman's not bad at writing characters and dialogue. His problem is he couldn't in a million years write a good story, and so he attempts to make up for that by warping his basically shoddy stories into smart-alecky deconstructionist experiments. He thus sucks up to his audience, making them feel smart for having solved his gratuitous puzzles. The more Kaufman piles up meta-narrative complications, the easier he gets away with lame scripts like this basically brainless romantic comedy.
Rated 12 Dec 2006
100
99th
The combination of Gondry's stunning visuals with Kaufman's deeply emotional script works wonderfully in creating an enthralling memorable experience.
Rated 20 Jul 2018
97
96th
It's narrative art - the equal of any play from Ancient Greece that I have sitting in my library. Profound and mesmerising. An incredible achievement from everyone involved.
Rated 24 Feb 2008
96
99th
The film might be confusing sometimes, but actually, it's a deep and brilliant movie. A film about love, a broken heart and the desire to be together no matter what happenned. How the memories are used is new and really well-done. It gives an emotional, yet brilliant touch to this movie. The acting and directing was really superb and Jim Carrey shows that he's a great actor. He doens't have to be the weirdo in each movie. Just great!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
94th
Wonderfully written and acted, quirky romantic comedy. Tearjerker without being manipulative. Jim Carrey is brilliant.
Rated 15 Jan 2008
5
91st
One of the most creative movies I've ever seen. The real strength of the movie is in the screenplay, which manages to twist and turn and then brilliantly wrap up all the strands and loose ends in the final 15-20 minutes to the effect of great emotional resonance. Carrey and Winslet are both excellent. Fun and poignant and virtuoso in equal measure.
Rated 23 Nov 2019
95
84th
This was very good. I'm a huge fan of Kaufman's stories and this is easily one of his best and most human tales. Carrey and Winslet are both good in roles completely unlike them, and the visuals and score are pretty well-done too. I came pretty close tot ears towards the final fifteen minutes. I liked it even more the second time. All in all, this deserves al lot the praise it got. Highly recommend!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
98th
The Spotless Mind eternally shines in your movie memory, but plays with your brain; seeing a love story told in reverse makes your hair go purple.
Rated 16 Jan 2007
89
85th
Eternal Sunshine is a welcomely unique romantic comedy. It's interesting plot and existential themes make it stand out from the vast ocean of all-too-similar films. Really good!
Rated 20 Sep 2010
96
99th
Great script from Kaufman (surprise) and perfect movie for Gondry to helm. Amazing visuals and very good turns from Carrey and Winslet as well as the stars in the smaller roles.
Rated 12 Feb 2019
100
98th
A film I can watch over and over and over again. The end has me in a puddle. The ending can be argued (oh wow, great insight there, buddy), but I like the idea that they are willing to try again, even though they know the end. The experience of love is too great.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
94th
This is probably the most brilliant and psychologically truthful film about relationships.
Rated 08 Aug 2009
88
96th
A brilliant screenplay from Kaufman, dazzling visual trickery from Gondry, an oddly fitting chemistry between Carrey and Winslet, and, on that note, one of Carrey's best performances. Also, for me, one of the most emotional films I have witnessed. The power it possesses in reflecting upon memory, love, and the things we lose is stronger than most films I can think of. Heartbreaking.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
93rd
Perfection. Wildly original mind trip of a romance, and the performances couldn't be better, especially by the insanely gifted Kate Winslet.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
10
0th
I couldn't find any reason to like or care about the characters in this film. Aside from a few interesting ideas, this was a terrible movie!
Rated 17 Oct 2014
75
77th
Kaufman's brilliant concept got the Gondry experimental treatment, for better and worse. Now and then the result goes off the rails - I loathe the Baby Joel scene! The narrative structure is elegant, but sometimes (mostly whenever Carrey and Winslet aren't both onscreen) things tend to become annoying or banal. All in all, though, it's a pretty, uhm, nice mess of a love story.
Rated 21 Dec 2008
10
99th
Oh, Jim Carrey. I loved you in The Mask when I was 7, and I love you even more now. The plot is chaotic, but deeply emotional and evocative for all that. There's too much going on to call it a love story, but that aspect is perfect nevertheless. Gondry's images of memories being torn apart are frightening but beautiful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
Emotionally affecting and heartbreaking, Eternal Sunshine is a movie that makes me believe in love.
Rated 14 Jul 2010
9
71st
Charlie Kaufman is a genius to dream up this movie. It is imaginative, interesting, emotional, intellectual, and audacious. Jim Carrey, who I normally don't like, is wonderfully understated as Joel, and Kate Winslet is his foil in personality and romance as Clementine. Whenever the movie is with them, it is flawless. When it shifts attention to the secondary plotlines, it flags somewhat. The tertiary characters aren't badly written, they just suffer by comparison. A wonderfully thoughtful movie.
Rated 03 Sep 2008
40
12th
It has a lot of good things going for it, absolutely, but has little to offer me besides its original script; Gondry is too restless - the pace unfittingly frantic and the camera whiny as hell. In a few but smelly words: It lack aesthetic sensibility (lol).
Rated 07 Dec 2018
95
97th
Well fuck me for watching this alone, at night, and single. It becomes sensitive and emotional in short bursts that surprisingly, don't overlap the warmth found within. A recommend from me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
99
99th
The most outrageously original movie in a long long time, a great script, brilliant direction and brilliant performances.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
90th
Really good look at relationships and how they can fall apart due to our own faults.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
91st
Quirky to the supreme, but loved it! Thankfully they kept changing Clementine's hair color, otherwise I'd be lost. Great story about relationships; Jim & Kate do a bang up job acting their part. Ending felt a bit rushed.
Rated 12 Mar 2007
8
80th
When our memories are gone, we're gone too.
Rated 21 Feb 2010
85
91st
The first romantic drama I've enjoyed since Amelie. Jim Carrey is wonderfully restrained as a schmuck who undergoes a procedure to remove his ex girlfriend (Kate Winslet) from his memories, after learning that she had already had the same thing done to her memory of him. The story seemed very natural and real but dreamy at the same time, and the visual effects of Carrey slipping from one memory to the next were pretty cool.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
100
93rd
One of my favorite movies ever. The fact that you have to piece this movie together and really pay attention to it is just brilliant.
Rated 06 Feb 2008
90
80th
Simultaneously romantic and painful. Gondry's visual style is very entertaining but it's really the heart-wrenching story that makes it for me. I love how the concept of memory is handled.
Rated 30 Nov 2006
96
90th
One of the most clever movies ever and another proof of the genius of Charlie Kaufman. Funny, sad, touching - with great performances by Carrey and especially Winslet.
Rated 02 Nov 2009
90
97th
This movie to me delivered it on just so many levels ... firstly the acting from both Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet is just awesome, they look so natural it really adds huge love/relationship factor to the movie. On the other hand there's this sci-fi story that's done so brilliantly I haven't really thought about being silly or anything from the first moment onwards. Add great effects and music, and you've got a love/relationship/family/loyalty drama/sci-fi/social drama and much more.
Rated 02 Mar 2008
100
97th
One of my favorite films of all time. Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are perfection, and the script that could have potentially been a mess was done right in every single way. Elijah Wood is a little weak, but everybody else does their job so well you won't mind. See this movie now.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
91
86th
Poignant film, with excellent direction by Gondry, fine writing by Kaufman and heartbreakingly sincere performances from Carey and Winslet.
Rated 19 Mar 2007
92
96th
Jim Carrey delivers a standout performance in Charlie Kaufman's best work to date. This is a startlingly original romance with as much smarts to match the heart. Winslet also impresses. One of the best of 2004.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
97th
The first time I saw this in theatres I was going through a really rough breakup. I've seen it three or four times, and everytime I finish it I have a different attitude on the characters and the ending.
Rated 24 Jan 2009
47
10th
A very inventive film-version of a Dharma and Greg episode. Chronically overrated.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
97th
Absolutely perfect. Brilliant concept artfully executed -- a film that will leave your brain cranking, not insulted.
Rated 16 Jul 2009
90
98th
Riveting story about the fallout of a failed relationship, and the far-reaching consequences of decisions made in anger.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
85th
Really got to me, I won't lie. Would be in the 90's but the story of the brain-washing company's characters is weak.
Rated 27 Nov 2013
96
99th
A heartbreaking and intellegent romantic film that I needed a second watch to fall in love with.
Rated 26 Jan 2007
100
98th
Great movie. They got it down in this one. it's like watching a dream.
Rated 29 Sep 2016
93
90th
Thanks to the superb direction of Michel Gondry and a deeply moving screenplay, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind has only improved with age, with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet giving the two greatest performances of their careers.
Rated 11 Dec 2011
98
99th
One of the best examples of film as a visual storytelling medium, this film manages to show the abstract workings of memory and the mind in a way that is comprehensible but also feels entirely natural. In classic science fiction fashion, the story uses a piece of fantastical technology (in this case a procedure to remove all memories of someone else) to explore its theme in a sort of literal metaphor. Carrey and Winslet are perfect in their roles, grounding the film with an endearing humanity.
Rated 25 Apr 2011
83
86th
Unnecessarily a little messy at times, but the reward is... well.. rewarding. The value of all memories; 'good' or 'bad'.
Rated 05 Feb 2019
85
84th
3rd rewatch: ESOTSM Still cuts deep despite being rougher around the edges than I remember. A total acceptance of diminishing returns and inevitability justify the more acute/contrived moments of emotional distress. It is a spiralling, wildly creative film that never lets go of what it means to be human even in its most reckless revolutions.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
74th
Stellar performances by all involved, a great, intelligent screenplay, and special effects that impressed me more than, say, Star Wars Episode II. The thing is, while I understand the need to structure the film the way it is, I think the convolutions of the timeline may -- may -- be one turn of the screw too many. Still, a second viewing is even more rewarding than the first, and this is, ultimately, a touching and deeply emotional film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
91st
You'll find yourselves torn between moments of total confusion and moments of utter joy and memories of wanting to do everything to win the one you love.A Charming movie.
Rated 15 Jan 2009
90
92nd
This film gives me chills. Visually amazing, fantastically well acted (especially from Carrey, he was robbed for that Oscar) and extremely original. It's a testament to the power of film that Eternal Sunshine was able to accurately recreate the surreal experience of dreaming as well as offering a flawed but beautiful relationship.
Rated 14 Aug 2008
100
99th
Genius. My favorite movie and one that gets better with repeat viewings; I discover something new each time. Winslet and Carrey are in top form as the erratic, dynamic couple who decide to erase each other from their memories. While the technical/psychological showcase of the erasure process makes this a spectacle to behold, it wouldn't have been nearly as effective without its strong emotional core. Eternal Sunshine is a unique love story for the ages and one that everyone should experience.
Rated 05 Oct 2011
100
99th
The movie of my youth. The movie of my generation. (Maybe) the movie of my life.
Rated 12 Feb 2007
58
33rd
cool but worthless, the plot never went anywhere in particular, interesting none-the-less
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
96th
A romantic drama, for lack of better description, that is truly sui generis. It's so fresh, honest, and imaginative that you'll want to watch it again immediately afterward. The pairing of Gondry's creative visual style and Kaufman's intricate narrative makes for a perfect match. The film perfectly captures the pitfalls, labyrinths, and endless repeating cycles we all willingly enter for the sake of love. The best examination of human relationships I've seen since Scenes From a Marriage.
Rated 09 Nov 2009
94
92nd
watched it for the third time and it's a blast to notice all the little connections and plot details
Rated 03 Jul 2012
93
96th
Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michael Gondry's equally daring directional touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
80th
A great screw with your mind movie. One of Jim Carrey's best films.
Rated 07 May 2017
10
98th
With Winslet and Carrey's top-notch turns, the authentic dialogue, the beautiful soundtrack, and the exquisitely intimate camerawork, this would already be an amazing romance film even before the sci-fi twist (which perhaps has a hole or two) injects it not only with juicy story subversions (see Patrick's role; the deja vu post-erasure) and dramatic intrigue (see Mary's side-plot) but also heart-wrenching tragedy and oddball comedy. Brilliant editing through Joel's memories ties it all together.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
90
85th
Wonderfully imaginative and emotional along with Jim Carrey's best performance of his career.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
93rd
Excellent movie and Jim Carrey's finest film.
Rated 10 Oct 2007
65
15th
Quirky? Sure. Tries way too hard? Absolutely. Everyone seems to love this movie; I was left a bit disappointed and unmoved.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
83rd
Weird. Sad. And that's good.
Rated 01 Feb 2009
90
50th
Good movie, great plot, very interesting story idea. Jim Carey is actually very good in this.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
99th
Perfect. Absolutely perfect. I wouldn't change a thing. The combination of Kaufman and Gondry is sublime, and the lovely Kate Winslet has never been more radiant. The score by Jon Brion is an overlooked gem of this terrific film.
Rated 21 Feb 2007
100
99th
A brilliant twist on romance movies; both heartbreaking and heart-warming. Carrey, Winslet, Dunst, Ruffalo all give perhaps career-best performances. WARNING: Don't watch it if you don't feel like thinking.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
92nd
With the mastermind behind the movie, Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is the most original movie of the decade. It's stand on love and relationships has been done before, but by turing the concept into a science-fiction setting. The abstraction of our views of love is made complete. Love doesnt inhibit the mind or reason, but it its all in our heart.
Rated 21 Apr 2007
77
66th
Gondry's direction doesn't quite fit the material, making it hard to completely accept the more surreal aspects of the depiction of the procedure and how they claim memories work. However, there does end up being some emotional resonance with the characters by the end, mostly due to the acting talent on display here - Carrey especially is excellent, he should definitely do more serious roles. Pretty funny on occasion, too. Good, if overrated.
Rated 06 Sep 2010
81
66th
I get the feeling I would've liked or loved this film a lot more if I had actually ever been in a relationship :( *forever alone*
Rated 08 Jun 2009
0
3rd
Impulsive hipsters and an obnoxious moping kidult surrogate-for-writer. Annoyed the hell out of me.
Rated 09 Aug 2020
95
97th
Well, I didn't expect to have feelings like this today. Amazing script, amazing cast, amazing film-making in general. I don't even know what I can say.
Rated 17 Sep 2013
85
85th
Very refreshing romantic comedy with a heavily emotional dramatic core. Kaufman's script is stellar, delving into the confused mind and the broken heart, while Gondry tells the story with the camera. His visual stylings coupled with the erratic editing can get disorienting, but isn't that the point? Carrey and Winslet are solid as the dynamic leads, and the whole supporting cast is superb, with Kirsten Dunst somehow not mucking it up. Couldn't think of a film more deserving of a rewatch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
93rd
Beautiful, sad, and funny.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
90th
Kaufmann, Carrey. Excellent acting, excellent tricks. A story, a message, a style. Fucking good movie!
Rated 03 Aug 2007
95
97th
Jesus Christ this is so good. Heartbreaking, life affirming, beautiful, and challenging. Movies like this make us better people.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
97
99th
Heartbreakingly beautiful, especially visually. Carrey does the role of his career. There's really nothing not to like.
Rated 18 Jul 2010
85
91st
Clever and profound.
Rated 12 May 2009
100
98th
This is easily my favourite movie; it's moving romance, hilarious comedy, intriguing sci-fi and surrealistic dreamscape all at once, and yet hits each of those notes perfectly.
Rated 02 Jul 2016
81
75th
A solid movie about people, the patterns they fall into, and the necessity of seeing who they are beyond those patterns. It's not quite as superawesome as the hype said - a bit too much focus on people casually being dicks, compared to the parts where they learn and grow and reach beyond being dicks - but man, when those parts get going, they *really* get going, into lovely empathy and wonder. Also, stylistically and in subject matter, this is the 2004-est movie I've ever seen.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
87
78th
Whatevs, I really loved this movie and it's realistic portrayal of relationships.
Rated 04 Jun 2008
72
45th
While it's well made and creative, the way the story is told is a little too good for its own good, if you catch my drift. The movie throws a lot of wrenches in the narrative to throw you out and makes you want to piece it together, but for me, the characters were so dull and the romance was so uninspired that I did not really care. I've never much cared for this film, even since the first time I saw it, but recently it just seems to fall flat with repeat viewings. I don't recommend it.
Rated 14 Dec 2008
100
97th
just - perfect
Rated 28 Mar 2007
91
97th
It might be confusing and sprawling at times, but underneath is an excellently realised prospect of reliving a memory, shifting and turning in light of newly lost memories and newfound desires. It's really shows excellent creativity and originality all the way through, producing a totally captivating viewing experience.
Rated 01 Sep 2013
91
97th
Sweet, unique, and cute while also being legitimately painful and tumultuous at its core.
Rated 18 Apr 2010
100
99th
An beautifully creative take on a love story, or the deterioration of a love story. Actually more like a beautiful take on the creation and deterioration of multiple love stories centered around the dreams and memories of a single relationship.
Rated 21 Jan 2013
86
73rd
Another remarkable film from Andy Kaufman. The structure might not appeal to some people, but there's no doubt about the originality of this film. Carrey is oddly perfect in this role.
Rated 06 Apr 2007
76
87th
At the level of, say, "philosophical" ideas about memory, consciousness and so on, it's probably more interesting than BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, but not as rich, definitely not as funny, and a little bit on the sentimental side (not too much, though). Still, there's a lot going on, and Gondry puts it together with a lot of care, craftsmanship and attention to detail. And it really does fit quite well with what, in Pursuits of Happiness, Stanley Cavell analyses as "comedies of remarriage".
Rated 25 Sep 2010
91
95th
Wonderfully original romance movie from Kaufman. The screenplay is outstanding and both Carrey and Winslet do great jobs. I didn't know Carrey even had the potential to be this good.
Rated 06 Nov 2017
94
98th
Heartbreaking to watch, but very motivational...
Rated 14 Aug 2007
95
99th
The most warped and existential look at love. This movie knows no boundaries and explores the heart and the mind.

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