128 mins
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Syriana | Ratings & Reviews

"A film that takes numerous risks and thrives on them all."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Syriana has a lot of big, important things to say about big, important things, and it says them with a sense of urgency."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

"Intelligent, political, incensed, timely, and appropriately cynical."

Boston GlobeBoston Globe

"It's hard to get passionately swept away by a movie when you're struggling continually to figure out who's doing what to whom and why."

San Francisco ChronicleSan Francisco Chronicle

"Watch closely and listen carefully during Syriana because Stephen Gaghan's movie is that rarity: a thinking person's drama."

Seattle TimesSeattle Times

"You may need a whiteboard and marker to follow it."

Sydney Morning HeraldSydney Morning Herald

"You'll come away exhausted, but also exhilarated."


"There is a weird absence of both dramatic heat and political light here."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"The disorientation is purely cosmetic."

Sight & SoundSight & Sound

"Syriana is an American movie that reaches out beyond itself. Watching it made me feel hopeful - a rare sensation in a cinema."

Daily TelegraphDaily Telegraph

"A weighty and deeply intriguing look at the many-tentacled beast that is the international oil industry. Wide-ranging and restlessly probing, Stephen Gaghan's second directorial effort uses the same mosaic storytelling technique as in his Oscar-winning screenplay for "Traffic.""


"It aims to be a great deal more than a standard geopolitical thriller and thereby succeeds in being one of the best geopolitical thrillers in a very long time."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"A gripping and fascinating tale of political intrigue that spans three continents, its focus trained on the volatile Middle East. It's a global portrait of danger, deception and disillusionment, with no dearth of human casualties."

USA TodayUSA Today

""Syriana" is exciting, fascinating, absorbing, diabolical and really quite brilliant, but I'm afraid it inspires reviews that are not helpful. The more you describe it, the more you miss the point. It is not a linear progression from problem to solution. It is all problem. The audience enjoys the process, not the progress."

Roger EbertRoger Ebert

Syriana | Details

R16, Violence & offensive language
Drama, Thriller
Country of origin
USA, United Arab Emirates

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