Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.
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Critic Reviews for Ivansxtc
A committed, intelligent and fascinating piece of work with no irony about it.
I have no way of knowing exactly how much is exaggeration, but I've got a creepy feeling that the film is closer to the mark than I want to believe.
To the degree that ivans xtc. works, it's thanks to Huston's revelatory performance.
The fascination comes in the power of the Huston performance, which seems so larger than life and yet so fragile, and in the way the Ivan character accepts the news of his illness so quickly but still finds himself unable to react.
It's hard to say who might enjoy this, are there Tolstoy groupies out there? It's dark and tragic, and lets the business of the greedy talent agents get in the way of saying something meaningful about facing death
It gets onto the screen just about as much of the novella as one could reasonably expect, and is engrossing and moving in its own right.
Huston nails both the glad-handing and the choking sense of hollow despair.
Captivates as it shows excess in business and pleasure, allowing us to find the small, human moments, and leaving off with a grand whimper.
(Danny Huston gives) an astounding performance that deftly, gradually reveals a real human soul buried beneath a spellbinding serpent's smirk.
A directorial tour de force by Bernard Rose, ivans xtc. is one of this year's very best pictures.
It's "Bowfinger" with a meaning, it's "The Player" with a heart, it's a window into business, politics and excesses. The film has heart
With very little to add beyond the dark visions already relayed by superb recent predecessors like Swimming With Sharks and The Player, this latest skewering ... may put off insiders and outsiders alike.
The reality-TV-like camera work takes some getting used to. And the even shakier editing, dialogue and acting quickly reveal this isn't exactly summer's big blockbuster.
Make no mistake, ivans xtc. is a mess.
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