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3.5
1,592 Ratings

Anomalisa

United States, 2015
Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Synopsis

Charlie Kaufman’s first stop-motion film about a man crippled by the mundanity of his life.

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Anomalisa Directed by Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Future Film Festival Digital Award

Academy Awards

2016 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Independent Spirit Awards

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Feature

What are people saying?

  • Madison's rating of the film Anomalisa

    Stop animation generally guarantees that I'll give a film a watch-through. I'm nearly always impressed with the level of detail and this one is no different. It did feel jumpier than others I've enjoyed, but the models themselves were really well done - down to seeing a hint of a blue vein in a hand. I was initially bothered with the slowness, but felt it heightened the intimacy of conveying the mundane.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Anomalisa

    I can't think of a better metaphor for loneliness than everyone sounding like Tom Noonan (even the cast of My Man Godfrey). Weird, sad, paranoid, Buñuelian, beautiful, perfect in its own small way. Kaufman still idolizes ditsy women and has a fatalistic hang-up on life in general, but now he can admit it could just be him. These days, with puppets and Kickstarter, making a movie might be cheaper than therapy.

  • Charlotte Tillieux's rating of the film Anomalisa

    'What is it to be human? What is it to ache?' Indeed, without any human, but yet so real and honest. Stunning animation!

  • anarresti's rating of the film Anomalisa

    The creepy feeling we have, looking at these human-like animated puppets (or whatever they are) is deeply connected with the style of voice dubbing. It's the same realistic approach we see in "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist". It emulates human speech instead of producing perfect dialogue. The most outstanding achievement, though, is the dystopian metaphor. Perfect story, surprising plot. Deep meaning. All good.

  • petit astronaute's rating of the film Anomalisa

    (1.5) un film raté au niveau de la mise en scène (& montage), mais que quand même réussit à s’élever un peu de l'insignifiance à partir de la séquence du rêve. Le scénario ressent trop l'origine radiophonique du texte, trop bavarde, qui est bien médiocre dans sa recherche d'un hyper-naturalisme. La technique (stop-motion) méritait un autre réalisateur, avec au moins une idée de plan, de rythme — de cinéma, quoi !

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Anomalisa

    Charlie Kaufman is very lonely. It's a kind of loneliness he wants to share with you. And so he writes. Sometimes he directs too. And at least twice he succeeded admirably (ADAPTATION and SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK). But with ANOMALISA, his usual grandiosities and yearnings feel...meagre. A few magical moments (the awkward sex and breakfast scenes) and Tom Noonan's peculiar voice keep the novelty from fading too quickly.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Anomalisa

    Could be one of the best American animations in years if it was just about love and loneliness. A shame that Kaufman burdens the viewer with an out of place pretentious sociopolitical subtext, and that Michael's mental condition instead of Lisa's singularity drive the narrative. Nonetheless, the dolls are essential—they're not a gimmick—along with Noonan's haunting voice acting in setting the film's unique universe.

  • Igor Ramos's rating of the film Anomalisa

    Never destroying a love story was this adorable. The dream sequence caught me a bit off-guard but was a nice twist to a rather linear plot. The animation style and character design was refreshing but I won't say that sex scene didn't make me cringe a little.