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Schizopolis

Schizopolis

1996
Comedy
1h 36m
Fletcher Munson is a lethargic, passive worker for a Scientology-like self-help corporation called Eventualism...(imdb)
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Schizopolis

1996
Comedy
1h 36m
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Rated 12 Jan 2007
85
95th
I've never seen anything like it.
Rated 20 Dec 2006
85
84th
Soderbergh really lets loose here, and the result is a very fun experiment, even if it is plainly self-indulgent. Surrealism of the comic Bunuel variety.
Rated 17 Nov 2019
80
80th
Soderbergh’s Schizopolis is as coherent as a Mad Hatter’s riddle, but this surreal, elliptical oddity is an absolute delight, showing hilarious creativity in its manipulation of language and subversion of cinematic norms. It undoubtedly rewards subsequent viewings, and the acclaimed filmmaker proves himself to be an excellent comedy actor.
Rated 27 Jul 2008
90
91st
A film that dissects communication and the break down of it. It is highly original and adventerous, and it works as both an experiment and as a comedy.
Rated 18 Feb 2012
95
97th
[SODERBERGH CUT TBD] This film is bonkers, in a very slick and sincere way. It didn't need to stick its bonkers attitude out, it just had to bend its reality a little bit. This IS a DIY film, which doesn't feel like it's going too far with its turns. No bullshit. Just [generic] inserts that need no interpretation, and emulating a time capsule of the 90s if you accessed it by a Windows 95 computer. Soderbergh has got a lot of balls casting his ex-wife has the woman he has a multiple affairs with.
Rated 07 Jul 2013
95
93rd
This is what it's like when a director makes a movie that's whatever the fuck he wants it to be. Strange, off-putting, disorienting and, most important, extremely hilarious. A must see.
Rated 08 Dec 2007
85
83rd
Really, really weird but really, really funny in parts. It feels more like an experiment then an actual film. So many conventions are shattered in order to provide jokes that simply wouldn't work otherwise. I think if you've seen lots of movies and you want something that's completely different then this is worth seeing but the average movie goer simply would not get this at all.
Rated 18 Nov 2009
81
74th
Soderbergh's ideas about how communication breaks down among people thrown onto film. It's interesting to see how he shows us his views and the movie is hilarious.
Rated 17 Feb 2009
9
97th
Original, unique, free of all conventions, these are all good descriptions but to use any of them still feels like I am doing the film a great injustice. Either way it is still a lot of fun.
Rated 17 Aug 2023
70
66th
Soderbergh is a damn excellent comedy actor actually! Is there anything this man can't do if he puts his mind to it? Schizopolis is a bit dated in places but for 1996 this is pretty on par with 90s comedy legends the likes of Chris Morris. There's some 250-iq monologues here and there but it's hard to discover the thought behind this (sometimes) funny mess, there might not be one. Some very good jokes and concepts in here though, worth seeking it out
Rated 23 Jun 2020
45
17th
It's basically one long shitpost. You simply have to respect getting a Criterion release of a shitpost though.
Rated 22 Mar 2010
70
63rd
Funny, smart, occasionally boring, self-indulgent, weird, clever, occasionally forced and unfunny, and overall a very worthwhile watch - if only to see a side of Soderbergh vastly different from his Hollywood films.
Rated 19 Jun 2011
1
0th
There's some things to like here, but a lot more to hate. Some experiments are more interesting on paper, and this is one, because as interesting as some of it may sound it's borderline unwatchable. Score is not a grade.
Rated 08 Feb 2015
90
89th
Made me laugh, a lot. The satire is a little obvious (it's, like, we're speaking different languages, think about it, maaaaaaan), but the jokes are first-rate, and Soderbergh the actor has great comic timing and delivery.
Rated 19 May 2012
67
55th
Unique? Yes. Boring? YES!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
21st
I see what Soderbergh wanted to do, but this is rather stupid.
Rated 22 Nov 2013
35
19th
A few moments were interesting or amusing but overall it didn't really work for this viewer. The "generic greeting" dialogue was pretty good.
Rated 04 May 2010
73
64th
The word unique gets bounced around a lot. But this movie actually is - unique. As a movie though, it's barely watchable.
Rated 29 Jul 2013
63
34th
Very loose, very experimental, and a good look at a feature by a director in total and complete creative control giving a fully self-indulgent project their all. Soderbergh isn't half bad at acting, and the common theme of communication and the destruction of communicative structure help keep the somewhat sketch-like structure of the film together. The pacing is a little off though, and it ends in a much less interesting (though still entertaining) manner than how it started.
Rated 25 Feb 2010
83
94th
This exercise in absurdity is one of the funniest films of the 1990s, a strange essay on language and communication.
Rated 17 Feb 2011
76
52nd
whoa! what a rascally rascal Mr. Soderberg is!
Rated 12 Sep 2011
41
14th
Really wish I liked this more.
Rated 07 Nov 2011
30
10th
It's original, alright. Too crazy for me.
Rated 14 Sep 2021
75
54th
Schizopolis estreava há 25 anos no Festival de Cannes. Acho que eu teria gostado mais se tivesse visto quando foi lançado, era o pico do cinema americano crítico entre meados dos 90 e 2000 e isso aqui se encaixa no status anti-status quo do período. WEBRip RARBG.
Rated 08 Apr 2011
90
86th
Bizarre and unpredictable and self-indulgent and completely one-of-a-kind. Soderbergh's a fantastic leading man with exceptional comic timing and the film oozes with an irresistible freewheeling surrealism. Incredibly funny and impeccably put together.
Rated 06 Nov 2020
80
85th
Brilliant grotesque comedy deconstructing social lifes.
Rated 06 Mar 2015
50
35th
Interesting.
Rated 27 Apr 2010
75
74th
Some parts work better than others, but overall it's really funny and surprisingly watchable.
Rated 27 Jul 2011
80
51st
Steven Soderbergh's throwaway absurdist comedy may not have much meaning (in a prologue, he tells the audience that if they don't understand the film, it's their fault), but it's clearly a film that was fun to make, and the fun rubs off on the viewer. Soderbergh, proving to be a solid comic actor, plays an office drone and his double, a womanizing dentist. It's laden with gimmicks, my favorite being the exterminator who speaks, at first, in nonsensical strings of words. A highly quotable film.
Rated 19 Jan 2012
59
44th
It is almost as if it tried too hard to no try at all... if that makes any sense. Well, at any rate, this movie actually bored me and I didn't find it very entertaining or innovative.
Rated 02 Sep 2012
86
79th
One of the most unique comedies ever. Truly surprising and funny. Not for everyone, but worth taking a chance on.
Rated 27 Nov 2014
8
0th
Like any genuine artist Soderbergh now and again has a meltdown.

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