Box art for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

comedy, drama


Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet), has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    93%
  • Audience Score
    94%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Imaginative, loopy romance is for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has extremely strong language and very explicit sexual references and situations. Characters drink and smoke cigarettes and marijuana.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about which memories they might think about erasing and which ones they will always make sure to keep. They might also like to look up the meaning of the word "Lacuna," talk about some of their favorite quotations and read some of the brilliant poetry of Alexander Pope.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: There is little charm in the coupling and almost no erotic intimacy, just a series of nerve-racking conversational collisions.

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Thursday, March 25, 2004

Fresh: The perfect movie about love's inevitable imperfections.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 19, 2004

Fresh: The result is a cinematic vagueness that makes the film less aesthetic yet more persuasive. This is how dreams really look: like reality, only less so.

- Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, Friday, May 30, 2014

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Charlie Kaufman is a genius, one of few remaining screenwriters who can structure a film like prose amid the utter beauty of a poem. Only on the rarest of occasions does Kaufman write in an accessible nature, so to speak, but the mesmerizing atmosphere that has been constructed not only holds our undivided attention for as long as it pleases, it also demands further viewings. Not to decipher, but to enjoy the glorious experience once more. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a brave feat deserving of insurmountable praise. We'd generally scoff at a cross between the romance and science fiction genres. It seems like a novel idea for those longing to revisit the golden age of B-movies. But Kaufman can, quite simply, do anything, even make an audience tear up at the end of his romantic sci-fi film.

- spielberg00, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

5 stars

Charlie Kaufman is a genius, one of few remaining screenwriters who can structure a film like prose amid the utter beauty of a poem. Only on the rarest of occasions does Kaufman write in an accessible nature, so to speak, but the mesmerizing atmosphere that has been constructed not only holds our undivided attention for as long as it pleases, it also demands further viewings. Not to decipher, but to enjoy the glorious experience once more. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a brave feat deserving of insurmountable praise. We'd generally scoff at a cross between the romance and science fiction genres. It seems like a novel idea for those longing to revisit the golden age of B-movies. But Kaufman can, quite simply, do anything, even make an audience tear up at the end of his romantic sci-fi film.

- spielberg00, Tuesday, October 23, 2012

4 stars

Idiosyncratic film with a lot of charm and a lot of ha-has as well, and ink in a little eloquence too.

- fb1710827246, Wednesday, August 8, 2012