Critic Consensus: Anomalisa marks another brilliant and utterly distinctive highlight in Charlie Kaufman's filmography, and a thought-provoking treat for fans of introspective cinema.
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Critic Reviews for Anomalisa
Anomalisa is a reminder that animation can do much more than provide high jinks for a family audience. This is a surprisingly dark film, but it is a lyrical and insightful one. It delves into areas that even the frankest live-action dramas shy away from.
Even in its apparently throwaway opening gag, Anomalisa has human existence covered.
Kaufman and Johnson's puppets are quaint yet spooky, rudimentary yet lifelike.
Audience Reviews for Anomalisa
A very human and delicate look at loneliness, told as a stop-motion animation that feels like the perfect choice for this kind of story, with waxy characters that are all (but two) voiced by the same person; it is just a pity, though, that the end feels a bit abrupt.
The concept of the movie provides the extra half star. I loved the powerful concept which manifests itself in many of our lives. It's thought provoking and interesting but for me lacks something to make it more entertaining!
I'm not a fan of stop-motion puppetry, but this eerie and tender film about loneliness and connection is a feat in animation and storytelling: from all the secondary characters being played by reedy-voiced Tom Noonan, to Jennifer Jason Leigh's elegaic rendition of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," from the discomfitingly realistic puppet sex, to the hallucinatory flashes of robotic wiring underneath Michael's humanoid casing - foreshadowing the film's ultimate thesis about the inexorable fade of love, individuality, and will.
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