• R, 2 hr. 6 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Atom Egoyan
    In Theaters:
    Nov 15, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 22, 2003
  • Miramax Films


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Ararat Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

A disappointingly convoluted attempt to present the 1915 Armenian genocide through an intergenerational family melodrama.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

May 4, 2010
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Great idea. Execution poor enough to compare it to a Lifetime/VisionTV Movie of the Week.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: C

June 21, 2007
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Verges on the brilliant and is a much more interesting work than Egoyan's admirable but over-praised The Sweet Hereafter.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2006
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

[Egoyan is] so careful telling the story of the genocide that much of the film feels cold and didactic, like watching a slide show in a lecture hall.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

September 7, 2003
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Egoyan's great pics that in time will grow in stature.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

July 22, 2003
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Although not an easy film to follow, I found 'Ararat' worthy of close attention.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

July 13, 2003

The movie's flaws ring of underconfidence, as if Egoyan intellectualised its parts until he ended up draining them of power.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 6, 2003
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's not easy to shake or dismiss.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2003
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Exploring the fluid nature of history ... [is] a fascinating conceit, but one Egoyan has trouble executing.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2003
Tom Dawson

There's no doubting that this is a highly ambitious and personal project for Egoyan, but it's also one that, next to his best work, feels clumsy and convoluted.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2003
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

Ararat feels like a book report

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 19, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Egoyan's movie is too complicated to sustain involvement, and, if you'll excuse a little critical heresy, too intellectually ambitious.

| Original Score: C

March 14, 2003
D.K. Holm

Atom Egoyan has conjured up a multilayered work that tackles any number of fascinating issues

Full Review Source:

March 6, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

A haunted, bountiful film that demands patience -- and rewards it.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2003
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

The work of an artist tormented by his heritage, using his storytelling ability to honor the many faceless victims.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 28, 2003
Bryan Reesman

Impassioned performances and direction make this a riveting recreation of a reprehensible period neglected by historians.

Full Review Source: Citysearch | Original Score: 8/10

February 21, 2003
James Rocchi

Atom Egoyan may be our new Kubrick -- but his latest film's exploration of genocide and culture is the textbook definition of "ambitious failure."

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3/5

February 11, 2003
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

There is a fabric of complex ideas here, and feelings that profoundly deepen them.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 31, 2003
Shawn Levy

An impressive work in many regards -- the acting, the photography, the pace -- but it would've been even more so had Egoyan gone with his gut and been less indulgent of his brain.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 31, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Too much time is wasted showing how these people are joined, instead of what those connections mean and why these characters all belong in the same movie.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2003
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