Existenz Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Cronenberg's commentary here, though grotesque, belies a certain intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Because of the potential of the idea and Cronenberg's reputation as a film maker, it's a real disappointment to watch eXistenZ fall apart the way it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Cronenberg needs more than ideas for his next film, he needs a good script and actors who are more suited for their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2001
...too clever for its own good. Once you catch on to the gimmick...it isn't half as entertaining.
| Original Score: 6/10
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
April 23, 1999
| Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
eXistenZ is well thought out...to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[It's] meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
eXistenZ keeps you guessing throughout, but this eventually becomes tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 64/100
Edward Johnson-Ott
NUVO Newsweekly
January 1, 2000
Cronenberg throws so much blood and guts into this film that at times I felt like I was watching the Surgery Channel on a TV placed in a tank full of bait.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Peter Henne
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
The biggest flaw is the film's patent lack of a life pulse
Stephen Farber
Movieline
January 9, 2002
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.
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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.
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Cronenberg has created an emotionally weightless intellectual exercise that's fun to parse but little fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
It's good art direction in search of an idea.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
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.
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000

Irish Times
January 1, 2000

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