Mysterious Skin Reviews

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 26, 2005
A very well acted film with a tremendous ensemble cast. My problem stems from how Araki chose to tell the story.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 22, 2005
Araki's best film in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 21, 2005
The audience has gotten the point roughly 90 minutes before the characters do.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2005
Manages to deal with its raw, awful subject matter in ways that are both challenging and illuminating.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 20, 2005
Araki's discovered a mellower mood, and who'da thunk it? Silence suits him.
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
July 19, 2005
The perennial golden touch in Hollywood is to make old stories seem new. In Mysterious Skin [writer-director Gregg] Araki "achieves" the opposite.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 5, 2005
Filmmaker Gregg Araki, heretofore best known for his numerous ragged and nihilistic coming-of-age, gay melodramas, here crosses over from the fringes to make his most mature and penetrating drama to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
New York Theatre Wire
July 3, 2005
Araki takes on child abuse and a few other institutions with a sledgehammer. The image of a "shattered kaleidoscope" is mentioned. The perfect representation for this America.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2005
This is a challenging and ultimately moving film that deserves to find a like-minded audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 1, 2005
Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet deliver - they give you every ounce of what they've got and even when they're not speaking, you get who their characters are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 30, 2005
Doesn't manage to get much beneath the surface of its provocative topic, but Gordon-Levitt compensates considerably by digging deep into the soul of his character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
June 30, 2005
It's not enough to call Mysterious Skin one of the best films of the year. It is one of the best gay-themed movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
June 25, 2005
Mysterious Skin is a disturbing, difficult to watch film, but one every adult should see.

Empire Magazine
June 25, 2005
A tough but rewardingly original child abuse drama, centred on Levitt's brave and compelling performance. A rising star for sure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 24, 2005
The usual Araki elements are here (hustlers, rebels, uproar, the absurd), but now he appears to be working with focus and compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
While watching this movie, I scribbled the word 'whoa' five times into my notebook.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 24, 2005
There is a terrible, terrifying honesty at the core of Mysterious Skin that will make it chillingly recognizable to some viewers and important to recognize for others.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
June 24, 2005
Araki, who has shied away from nothing in his previous films and, indeed, made explicitness the seeming core of his aesthetic enterprise, balances a genuinely touching story of confused heartland teens with sometimes brutal, sometimes fanciful material.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2005
By the time the climactic revelation finally comes, it's such old news that all the scenery chewing that accompanies it seems alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 23, 2005
A disturbing and oddly beautiful movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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