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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind2004

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)



Critic Consensus: Propelled by Charlie Kaufman's smart, imaginative script and Michel Gondry's equally daring directorial touch, Eternal Sunshine is a twisty yet heartfelt look at relationships and heartache.

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The second feature from director Michel Gondry (Human Nature) finds the filmmaker reteaming with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for this off-the-wall romantic comedy. Jim Carrey stars as Joel Barish, a man who is informed that his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain via an experimental procedure performed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson). Not to be outdone, Joel decides to have the same procedure done to himself. As Mierzwiak's bumbling underlings Stan (Mark Ruffalo) and Patrick (Elijah Wood) perform the operation on Joel -- over the course of an evening, in his apartment -- Joel struggles in his own mind to save the memories of Clementine from being deleted. Kirsten Dunst, David Cross, and Jane Adams also star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Jim Carrey
as Joel Barish
Kate Winslet
as Clementine Kruczynski
Elijah Wood
as Patrick
Tom Wilkinson
as Dr. Howard Mierzwiak
Ryan Whitney
as Young Joel
Debbon Ayer
as Joel's Mother
Lola Daehler
as Young Clementine
Gerry Robert Byrne
as Train Conductor
Amir Ali Said
as Young Bully
Brian Price
as Young Bully
Paul Litowsky
as Young Bully
Josh Flitter
as Young Bully
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Critic Reviews for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

All Critics (250) | Top Critics (61)

It's a surprising, clever sci-fi twist, even as the relationship drama it dredges up doesn't feel at all like science fiction.

March 26, 2019 | Full Review…

For all its high-falutin' references this is just another rom com with a bit of angst and ontological confusion thrown into the mix.

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure.

May 30, 2014

At its core, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind could have been just another love story. Refracted through Kaufman's wonderfully weird prism, it's something truly memorable.

May 30, 2014 | Full Review…

The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. This is how dreams really look: like reality, only less so.

May 30, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a very Kaufmanesque narrative experiment, technically ingenious and sophisticated. It also looks like some lost comedy idea by Philip K Dick; you could call this film We Can Forget It for You Retail.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I was able to bear it only up to around 30 minutes, after which I was unable to take the torture anymore. Though appreciated & applauded by lots, this one's obviously not my cup of tea.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Finally got round to watching this movie from begining to end and i thoroughly enjoyed it! I love seeing Jim Carrey in more serious roles rather than his usual annoying goofey self and even when his goofeyness was required in this movie it was toned down quite dramatically! Its a great cast, i love the concept and is just an entertaining and slightly confusing at the start which keeps you thinking! Everything about this movie is beautiful, its beautifully written, beautifully acted and a lovely and beautiful concept with a strong meaning as well! Well worth the watch!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

As good on the second viewing as the first... This is one of the best movies of all time. Maybe the best non-violent movie of all time. Intricate plotting and flawed but entirely lovable characters you want to shower empathy and forgiveness upon.

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

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