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eXistenZ Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It's a disturbing, disorienting sensation -- puzzles within puzzles, games within games -- that continues right up to the last shot.

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

August 7, 2008
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Experienced gamers should find much to savor through the films unique assessments on the nature of reality.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: B

October 25, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

[Cronenberg is] a laughing existentialist here, a philosopher who sees the comedy in disorientation.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I just don't happen to like puzzle films of any kind, but I must credit Mr. Cronenberg with more intellectual depth than most of his fellow pessimistic movie pranksters.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 27, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Dark, delirious fun.

Full Review Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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It's good art direction in search of an idea.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle

July 21, 2005
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Brave moviegoers and fans of writer-director David Cronenberg will find funny dialogue and grotesquely engrossing scenes in his latest sci-fi horror tale.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 2, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Fans may find certain similarities between eXistenZ and Videodrome bothersome, but both films are the real thing.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

An evolution for the filmmaker that will reach maturity in the quiet, devastatingly economical eloquence of Spider.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2003
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

a genuinely jolting yarn... Cronenberg eventually succeeds in making the audience feel as disoriented as Allegra...

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 23, 2002
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine

Cronenberg's commentary here, though grotesque, belies a certain intelligence.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 5, 2002
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The premise is solid, the script is clever and well-thought-out, and the movie is consistently engaging...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

April 3, 2002
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

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.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

March 24, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

March 4, 2002
Stephen Farber

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.

Full Review Source: Movieline

January 9, 2002
Jamie Woolley

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 3, 2001
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...too clever for its own good. Once you catch on to the isn't half as entertaining.

| Original Score: 6/10

May 7, 2001
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Jennifer Jason Leigh is an ideal Cronenberg heroine, projecting a personality that is smart, wary and capable of obsessiveness.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

February 14, 2001

eXistenZ feels fresh, even if the impulses behind it weren't wholly original.

| Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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[It's] meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.

Full Review Source: New York Times

January 1, 2000
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