Exotica Reviews

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central
August 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
April 29, 2011
Egoyan's first Cannes Film Fest entry is an engaging tale of sexual desire and alienation.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 18, 2011
Uses its eroticism as a head trip into loneliness, alienation and desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Fienberg
Zap2it.com
December 22, 2005
Egoyan's masterpiece -- a twisting tale of erotic obsession and hypnotic storytelling.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
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.
| Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
A mosaic-style thriller whose artful recipe is deepened in The Sweet Hereafter.
| Original Score: 3/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 10, 2003
It might be set in a strip club, but Atom Egoyan's tale of loneliness, lust and jealously simmers with sensual heat.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 4, 2002
Don't be fooled by the soft-core poster; this haunting tale of pain and memory is as good as they come.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
October 29, 2002
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 30, 2002
Demonstrates that the mystery of the human personality must be respected and even hallowed.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The director/writer (Atom Egoyan) manages to take a lot of risks in his writing, but his directing was too cautious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the best movies ever to come out of Canada.
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
October 20, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
July 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 25, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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