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  • Summary: Placing the onus squarely on the viewer ("If you don't understand this film, it's your fault and not ours"), writer/director/editor/cameraman Soderbergh presents a deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeak,
    and white-knuckled corporate intrigue, confirming his status as one of
    America's most daring and unpredictable filmmakers. (The Criterion Collection) Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. 80
    At first glance, Schizopolis may seem like no more than a grab-bag of tricks and gimmicks, but repeat viewings reveal a more coherent pattern.
  2. It's fresh, unexpected and goofy. It's not a smart career move, just a film that its director wanted to make for some crazy reason, and he made it.
  3. 70
    Fast-paced and ambitious, it never bores, and Soderbergh proves himself interesting to watch in addition to being gifted behind the camera.
  4. Soderbergh has lots to say but this time seems to lack the confidence to express himself seriously.
  5. It winds up illustrating the very emptiness it mocks.
  6. 25
    A painfully self-conscious comedy that mistakes relentless self-referentiality for cleverness, this half-witted misfire is filled with accelerated motion, repeated and overlapping scenes, direct address to the camera and other cliches of defamiliarization.
  7. Given the audacity, it would be a pleasure to report that the results are hilarious, but most of it isn't even funny, and the sense of "anything goes" hangs heavy over the film as it develops.

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