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Alexandra's Project

Alexandra's Project (2003)

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50

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 3

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56

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 4,709

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Steven's birthday promises to be a particularly happy day, because he has finally gotten his much-sought-after promotion. Steven sets off on his homeward journey bearing the good news. He drives out to the suburb where he lives, looking forward to the party Alexandra, his wife, is sure to have organized for him. However, when he gets home, the house is strangely quiet. After searching the darkened rooms in vain for party guests, Steven finally comes across videotape with the words "play me"

Jan 1, 2005

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (9) | DVD (5)

It's a contrived -- though carefully crafted -- bit of movie gamesmanship that sometimes seems like a claustrophobic stunt.

January 28, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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De Heer offers a wicked twist on household secrets and lies.

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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De Heer, who also wrote the script, would have us believe that a wife who's tired of her oblivious bloke of a husband could suddenly become conniving and cruel, coolly defending her actions with twisted logic that's sold as feminism.

January 14, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a movie that will leave few men unrattled and many women vicariously satisfied.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Buday is coolly persuasive in the seesaw role of an unbalanced housewife who jerks from despair to anger.

May 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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That damn videotape takes the edge off the mood both visually and dramatically.

April 22, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Manipulateur et de mauvaise foi.

August 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Panorama

It plays as part thriller, part psycho drama, but really tends to play around with the genres rather than settle in for the ride.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

nihilistic film covers familiar territory in a fresh new way that is extremely memorable

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

It's the tension and performances that pull you through, never letting your attention stray from what's going down on-screen.

January 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

confidently shot and scripted in clipped, emotionally direct dialogue that's thankfully not resorting to Harold Pinter, David Mamet, or Neil LaBute

January 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

I Spit on Your Grave gets to the nitty gritty. The equally problematic Alexandra's Project is simply glib.

November 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Even though the performances are terrific and the claustrophobic atmospherics effective, the film elicits more anger than praise.

June 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

It's really the feel-bad movie of the week. In a genius sort of way.

May 29, 2004
Jam! Movies

This low-budget Australian film is pitched as a psycho-sexual thriller but it's not thrilling at all: it's just cold, hateful and cheap.

October 1, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY
eye WEEKLY

An edgy little Aussie thriller that will have husbands shaking in their shoes, Alexandra's Project is a film like no other.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

One of the year's true surprise packages..will have you gasping for breath right up until the very last cinematic shock

May 2, 2003
Moviehole

A tense and dramatic psycho-thriller that mostly takes place in a single day, Alexandra's Project is a dense and confronting film that savagely explores the notions of sex within a marriage.

April 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Audience Reviews for Alexandra's Project

Good slow-paced, but taut adult psychological thriller. This is a classic case of the man is the evil perpetrator, while the woman is the victim. Anyone with a bit of common sense knows this is false in reality, and both sides of the story must be examined. This film only presents Alexandra's demented and deceptive side of the story.
Director Rolf de Heer is a genius! Rolf exposes feminism for its sickness and inconsistencies. He is showing how subtle misandry is. This movie is about how sickness can fester inside a deranged woman's mind, and from her perception, she is always right.
The narrative is compelling and the film definitely benefices from the marvelous performances of Gary Sweet and Helen Buday, but the material is too implausible and far-fetched.
June 22, 2011
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Dean McKenna

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WTF!!! I read the plot-line and was expecting some great mystery. I'd no idea that this will turn out to be so awful. Maybe the worst I've seen this year. It's too slow paced, but that's not where I'd problem. The problem lied in over-exposure. Too much nudity, IMHO. I felt like I was watching some porno. Making things worse, it didn't turn out to be as great that I could feel that it's worth sitting through the slow-paced nudity. However, I'm not sure; some may enjoy it. It simply wasn't my cup of tea.
December 29, 2010
imrealgod

Super Reviewer

One of those movies where I can't decide whether I liked it or not. Very dark, intense, and graphic. It was definitely unpredictable, that's for sure.
January 23, 2010
purplemegan

Super Reviewer

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Alexandra (Helen Buday) plans and executes a most intricate birthday present for her husband, Steve (Gary Sweet), that starts off happy enough, but leaves him stunned, angry, and broken. A rollercoaster ride of emotions play out here and the tension is palpable. We are not sure where this will lead, but hold on tight, because it all makes sense in the end. We may not agree with the final result, but we can at least understand what led up to it. Very well done, and if one listens closely, there might be issues raised that would provoke discussions with one's significant other. Definitely not for the kiddies.
March 24, 2009
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer

    1. Alexandra: You'll notice the remote doesn't work... that's because this is live... there's a bullet aimed at you right now.
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