Sometimes this is a good film, but its inconsistency stops it from really developing into anything more than a selection of fragmented set pieces, telling a muddled story involving several subplots. Sam Rockwell puts in a strong performance as usual, and therein also an inspired cameo from Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.
I can't really speak to others comments about Soderburgh but clearly very influenced by the Coens in a good way. The comedies of theirs that I like often have GC in them so maybe the influence flows the other way? Some very funny gags, even ones of casting which made me laugh out loud, and Sam Rockwells performance is great. Loved it.
Taking cues from Soderbergh & the Coens, Clooney's directorial debut is solid but flawed. It tries to be too many things at once & tries to balance it all out with style. It didn't even matter to me if the CIA stuff was real. But for all the flaws of adapting Kaufman's screenplay, the actors do a good job with the material. As a bonus, the cameos are great. Clooney will fare much better with Good Night, And Good Luck