A snide and hateful movie. Watching it is the cinematic equivalent of someone following you around screaming in your face about how mindless and vapid your pathetic little life is.
Its surrealist elements are creative and brilliant to the point of carrying the movie, since it has little else to offer. A shame that they are used in service of such a childish story.
Hard to believe this was made by Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman, whose other works always have sympathy for even the worst of their characters, no matter how nihilistic their narratives might end up being. For instance: Synecdoche, New York, likewise following a pitiful, self-absorbed and obscure artist who can't catch a break romantically - but is merely doomed to the same suffering as every other human is, rather than the tastelessly cruel eternal hell concocted for Cusack and Malkovich in this movie.