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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
    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)
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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. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    50
    When it works, it's the best film of the year. When it doesn't, take cover.
  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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Some of the filmmaker's keen intelligence remains on display, but only in fractured and often obscure form, and pic overall gives the impression of a giant expurgation of negative feelings about things in general rather than a carefully articulated brief on recognizable subjects.

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