By exploring the taboo topic of paedophilia in a humanist manner that avoids sensationalising or heavy-handed verdicts, Araki's eloquent, sensitive film actually presents an indictment far stronger than any moral grandstander ever could.
| Original Score: 5/5
a bizarre, beguiling coming-of-age drama
| Original Score: 3/4
treads harrowing ground without falling into the pit of cliché
| Original Score: B
Araki's film is a wrenching examination of childhood trauma and abuse.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
"Mysterious Skin" is a devastating yet beautiful film that honors its fragile characters with vital respect.
| Original Score: A
Even with the numb dialogue and trite characterizations we've come to expect from Araki, Mysterious Skin might have worked with the right actor in the charismatic role of Neil.
This one clearly has more meat on the plate than Araki's earlier more shallow and sensationalistic films.
Gregg Araki nous offre son %u0153uvre la plus mature à ce jour.
| Original Score: 8/10
Sensível e tristemente trágico, o filme é um doloroso estudo de personagens beneficiado por uma atuação estupenda de Gordon-Levitt.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gordon-Levitt's performance is nothing short of astonishing.
| Original Score: A-
A raw and unadorned look at child abuse and its idiosyncratic repercussions.
Araki has given us his most mature work yet, a fiercely focused yet oddly dreamlike meditation on innocence and loss.
A superb achievement.
A riveting original that some may find almost too agonising to experience
Sweet and disturbing at the same time.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Delicately balances the sordid and rough with the childlike and fantastic...
| Original Score: '3.5/4'
Gone is the gloomy nihilism of The Doom Generation and The Living End, replaced by a melancholy, but hopeful, affection toward people with the capacity to overcome tremendous psychological trauma.
From a moralistic point of view, is it good that Araki is exposing the awful horrors of sex abuse? OK, I'll buy that. As a pedophilic expose, is it too much? For me, yes it was.
| Original Score: 2/4
A very well acted film with a tremendous ensemble cast. My problem stems from how Araki chose to tell the story.
Araki's best film in a long time.