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Exotica

Exotica (1994)

tomatometer

100

Average Rating: 9.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

No consensus yet.

audience

84

liked it
Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 7,688

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Movie Info

The action in Canadian provocateur Atom Egoyan's cryptic Exotica revolves largely around the strip club, which lends the film its name, a faux-tropical hothouse where young female dancers cater to their customers' sexual and psychological needs. Among the regulars is Francis (Bruce Greenwood), a troubled taxman haunted by Christina, a young stripper played by Mia Kirshner. As the film hypnotically unfolds, their relationship is slowly explored, the narrative dovetailing with the stories of a gay

R,

Art House & International, Drama

Atom Egoyan

Nov 16, 1999

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (1) | DVD (4)

One of the most despairing movies, and yet there is in the precision of its craft and the depth of its empathy something fundamentally uplifting.

August 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Egoyan's first Cannes Film Fest entry is an engaging tale of sexual desire and alienation.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Uses its eroticism as a head trip into loneliness, alienation and desperation.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Egoyan's masterpiece -- a twisting tale of erotic obsession and hypnotic storytelling.

December 22, 2005
Zap2it.com

Egoyan's intent is not ultimately to disturb us, but to look closely at people at their wits' end, desperate, and sad, in hopes of finding absolution for them.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

A mosaic-style thriller whose artful recipe is deepened in The Sweet Hereafter.

August 15, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

It might be set in a strip club, but Atom Egoyan's tale of loneliness, lust and jealously simmers with sensual heat.

February 10, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Don't be fooled by the soft-core poster; this haunting tale of pain and memory is as good as they come.

December 4, 2002 | Comments (2)
Flipside Movie Emporium

Apparent from its ominous, opening pan is Exotica's craft - the film is deliberate and attentive, and displays action that is not apparently related or significant - at first. Ultimately, the exposition purposefully lacks a cohesiveness.

October 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Demonstrates that the mystery of the human personality must be respected and even hallowed.

August 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The director/writer (Atom Egoyan) manages to take a lot of risks in his writing, but his directing was too cautious.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

One of the best movies ever to come out of Canada.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Exotica

A hypnotizing film. Bruce Greenwood is a re-occurring patron at a strip club, and becomes fixated on a particular girl. His motives are revealed throughout. Well made film.
August 20, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

Super Reviewer

Strong, original, tightly wound.
October 30, 2008
zeravenyoej
Joey Nevarez

Super Reviewer

Atom Egoyan's brilliant and disturbing masterpiece on the power of human connection and the elusiveness of same. Egoyan was once applauded by Roger Ebert for never having created a film for commercial reasons.I applaud him for staying in Canada-YAY as most of our talent inevitably heads south...

This is a strange, disjointed story-complex and provocative, and I have to admit, that I had to watch it a few times before "getting" it.
August 5, 2009
alush1

Super Reviewer

    1. Francis: You're a very responsible young women.
    2. Christina: Responsible to what?
    3. Francis: To whatever it is you feel you must do.
    4. Christina: Like what?
    – Submitted by Pete H (20 months ago)
    1. Eric: Don't be afraid, I know everything about you.
    2. Francis: What do you know about me?
    3. Eric: I found her.
    4. Francis: Found who?
    5. Eric: Your little girl.
    – Submitted by Pete H (2 years ago)
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