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Exam (2008)


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Shown into a windowless examination room, eight candidates have reached the final stage of selection for a prestigious job at a mysterious corporation. There is one question before them and one answer is required. If they try to speak to him or the armed guard by the door they will be disqualified. If they leave the room for any reason they will be disqualified. If they spoil their papers they will be disqualified. As the clock ticks down, they must figure out what the company expects of them,

Nov 16, 2010

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Plot twists, lighting changes and shifts of tone work hard to sustain our attention, but the script sometimes becomes too involved in solving the structural challenges it has set itself.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Claustrophobic psychological-drama is a flawed but intriguing exercise in script writing ingenuity and economy.

July 16, 2009
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A tight psychological thriller with a slight sci-fi edge. A great find.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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Low-budget but handsomely mounted cross between Cube and 12 Angry Men, with some script input by mystery writer Agatha Christie and literary critic Terry Eagleton.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

An intriguing yet uneven thriller...

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Everything is just slightly mysterious and off-kilter.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source:

Benefits from a bit of dark humor, some critically important editing tricks, and a mystery that's actually sort of ... interesting.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: FEARnet

The ninth person working on this puzzle will be the viewer.

May 31, 2010 Full Review

Exam can't follow through on its ideas and premise.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

Despite their supposed cleverness, all the candidates here make mistakes that would be avoided by anybody with even the slightest knowledge of how these situations usually pan out in movies, and the whole thing gets very silly by the end.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

The tale is ingeniously developed, the suspense well maintained, and you'll think more highly of it if you have to leave five minutes before the disappointing pay-off.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This low-budget British chamber piece has an intriguing scenario, so it's a shame that the po-faced, sci-fi-tinged screenplay fixates on the applicants' efforts to detect invisible ink on their exam papers.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday | Comment (1)
Independent on Sunday

You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Director Stuart Hazeldine makes the most of a small budget and modest cast in a solidly put together watch-it-once thriller that's all about the process of solving the puzzle at its heart.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4

Fundamentally pointless.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (3)
Times [UK]

There are interesting ideas and scenes but also a shaggy-dog anti-climax. Still, Hazeldine is a talent to reckon with.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

It's The Apprentice with obligatory torture, and a damp squib of an ending.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Sharp editing and slick cinematography mean that, though talky in places, Exam will have you gripped right up until the stop-clock strikes zero.

January 8, 2010
Little White Lies

A slick and absorbing thriller that juggles mind horror, science fiction and ratcheted-up tension, this is an accomplished debut and useful calling card for Hazeldine.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Not exactly The Usual Suspects then, but a suspenseful examination of human nature that's bound to bring its creator another, bigger job.

January 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Exam

The premise is nihilistic but pretty cool. In the near future, eight strangers are applying for a job and a company that are not much more specified than that. They come together during the final exam, a white sheet of paper in front of then. What's missing is a question. The discussions and conflicts that arise as the clock is ticking down from 80 minutes´are sometimes realistic and sometimes a bit forced. It doesn't exactly help that none of the characters is particularly likable, but their struggle to come up with a solution to the situation is still entertaining, sometimes even exciting. The twist towards the end doesn't exactly blow you away but is still neat enough and it is refreshing that the solution lacks any sign of cynicism.
April 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

This story has been told a million times and with a frustrating back plot that is only hinted at I was left feeling exasperated by the time the not completley unintelligent conclusion finally came. I would say that this movie is definitely going to cut people straight down the middle and was nowhere near the worse movie I have ever seen, but I don't think I will be watching it again. Disappointing.
August 24, 2011
Unknown Hobo

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This is quite a good psychological thriller, its suspenseful and although it is simply based entirely in a room it is still entertaining and you are gripped to your sit with wonder about what is going to happen!
I like the building up to the different characters and seeing them develop!
An interesting enough movie thats worth a watch!
August 18, 2011
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

Pretty good movie, but not the best. The script wasn't nearly as impressive as it should have been, especially since there wasn't much else going on. The acting was pretty good, and that kept my interest. The plot was interesting, but I was kind of let down by the ending. It was all pretty much straight forward; there weren't any unexpected twists or turns. It was an okay movie.

I probably wouldn't watch this again just because it's not really as exciting/thrilling as it seemed at first. I don't regret watching it though.
May 29, 2011
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    1. Black: All each of us can do today is loose what we've already won through selfishness, stupidity, and impatience!
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    1. Invigilator: The test is simple in comparison, yet it will determine who leaves this room with a contract of employment, and who leaves with bus fare home.
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