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34,268 Ratings

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Directed by Michel Gondry
United States, 2004
Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi


From the pen of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich) comes the story of a heartbroken man who decides to erase from his mind all the memories of his love, only to find that he wants to keep them after all.

Our take

A fragmented, non-linear look at the elusive and peculiar nature of memory, this gorgeous and romantic, high-concept yet lo-fi/sci-fi cult classic could only come from the genius mind of Charlie Kaufman. Aching and ambitious filmmaking, of a kind rarely replicated.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Directed by Michel Gondry

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2005 | Winner: Best Writing, Original Screenplay

2005 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Village Voice Film Poll

2004 | Winner: Best Screenplay

2004 | 2nd place: Best Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | Nominee: Best Film of the Decade

American Film Institute Awards

2005 | Winner: Movie of the Year

Critics reviews

Eerie and surreal, charming and tragic, the movie wrestles with the fundamental instability of all human relationships, achieving a wise and powerful vision that is — ironically for a tale about fading memories — unforgettable.
August 23, 2016
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Eternal Sunshine is immensely moving for the way it depicts consciousness itself as a constant negotiation of pain and pleasure—the gradual slippage of memory removes essential parts of our personality.
June 03, 2013
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In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Gondry] clearly surpasses himself. For the first time he delivers an ending that doesn’t feel like either a cop-out or a throwaway, even if it’s Hollywood to the core. He’s also figured out a structure that perfectly matches the emotional tenor of his theme and isn’t just an amusement-park ride that can be forgotten as soon as it’s over.
March 19, 2004
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