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2,001 Ratings


United States, 2015
Animation, Comedy, Fantasy


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

It provides a profoundly unsettling experience. As purposefully inert as it is painstakingly animated, the movie simultaneously suggests a vast collective enterprise and a sense of anguished solitude. The tone is not quite comic and not exactly tragic.
June 24, 2016
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From unsexy chat-up lines (“Would you like to get a drink, chat about phone system innovation?”) to running gags best left unspoiled to the relish with which the minutiae of hotel life is milked for frustration, Anomalisa is as coloured by external detail as it is fuelled by internal torment. The complexity of the ideas at play is intoxicating both emotionally and intellectually. Kaufman is ahead of his character in delivering the antidote to self-absorption: meaningful communication.
March 10, 2016
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[Kaufman’s] hiatus has scarcely diluted his authorial view that modern life is intolerable, a series of humiliating, futile quests to achieve material, artistic romantic or spiritual goals likely to be impeded by the seeker’s maladaptive behaviour. Though fellow fatalists Woody Allen (when in Dostoevskian mode) and Todd Solondz occupy similar territory, the arrival of Kaufman’s stop-motion drama Anomalisa reiterates the uniqueness of his surreally skewed metaphysical inquiries.
March 04, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Anomalisa

    Puppet animation has reached a new nadir of dreariness: puppet sex as an act of desperation by sad, lonely puppets - a failed escape attempt from their maudlin puppet lives. Emotionally complex by puppet standards, but still too cartoonish for this human to take seriously. I liked the awkward puppet cunnilingus, though it is difficult to avoid comparing this to TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE. 3.6 stars.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Anomalisa

    Thank god it's puppets! They take away the specificity that live actors have and make it more about the general ideas. Particularly with the sex scenes and because it was so personal. It took me a while for me to grasp what the story was really about, but I'm not sure all the pieces fit together. Loneliness is a different kind of madness.

  • Erik F.'s rating of the film Anomalisa

    The central romance is completely unconvincing (maybe it's supposed to be? I think it might actually be a fantasy concocted out of desperation by the mentally disintegrating male protagonist), but Kaufman certainly understands ennui, social alienation, and the slow downward spiral of most people's unfulfilled lives.

  • 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.

  • ig_____or'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.

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