Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 63
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 18
Gooey, slimy, grotesque fun.
Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 5
Gooey, slimy, grotesque fun.
Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 47,850
Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. At the center of the story is Allegra Geller whose latest games system eXistenZ taps so deeply into its users fears and desires that it blurs the boundaries between reality and escapism. When fanatics attempt to assassinate Allegra, she is forced to flee. Her sole ally is Ted Pikul (Law), a novice security guard who is sworn to protect her.
Apr 23, 1999 Wide
Oct 19, 1999
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Jennifer Jason Leigh is an ideal Cronenberg heroine, projecting a personality that is smart, wary and capable of obsessiveness.
[It's] meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.
The Matrix is mainstream sci-fi, but eXistenZ, written by Cronenberg, is much stranger; it creates a world where organic and inorganic are not separate states, but kind of chummy.
It's a disturbing, disorienting sensation -- puzzles within puzzles, games within games -- that continues right up to the last shot.
Experienced gamers should find much to savor through the films unique assessments on the nature of reality.
[Cronenberg is] a laughing existentialist here, a philosopher who sees the comedy in disorientation.
Brave moviegoers and fans of writer-director David Cronenberg will find funny dialogue and grotesquely engrossing scenes in his latest sci-fi horror tale.
Fans may find certain similarities between eXistenZ and Videodrome bothersome, but both films are the real thing.
An evolution for the filmmaker that will reach maturity in the quiet, devastatingly economical eloquence of Spider.
a genuinely jolting yarn... Cronenberg eventually succeeds in making the audience feel as disoriented as Allegra...
Cronenberg's commentary here, though grotesque, belies a certain intelligence.
The premise is solid, the script is clever and well-thought-out, and the movie is consistently engaging...
Bringing a light touch to the grave issues of mortality, illusion, identity, and technology that have obsessed him throughout his career, Cronenberg turns them into a diverting, disorienting, ultimately inconsequential hand of solitaire.
A s-fi thriller that challenges us to ponder the propensity we all have for surrendering ourselves to cheap thrills as a substitute for the boredom of reality.
The only visual jolts come from Cronenberg's trademark images of grotesque amphibians and oozing intestines, and these creepy-crawly moments are merely repulsive, not provocative.
In the hands of anyone else, the notion of computer game terrorists would be ludicrous, and even Cronenberg fails to explain their motives, using the film instead to indulge in surreal exercises of dream logic.
...too clever for its own good. Once you catch on to the gimmick...it isn't half as entertaining.
eXistenZ feels fresh, even if the impulses behind it weren't wholly original.
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