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Mysterious Skin Reviews

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Brian Orndorf

Heim wrote a killer tale with Skin, but in giving it to Araki, the power of the words has been dissolved into mush, or, in many instances, simple shock cinema.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

June 19, 2005
Alan Dale

The perennial golden touch in Hollywood is to make old stories seem new. In Mysterious Skin [writer-director Gregg] Araki "achieves" the opposite.

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July 19, 2005
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the whole thing just feels flat somehow.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

April 2, 2005
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

A very well acted film with a tremendous ensemble cast. My problem stems from how Araki chose to tell the story.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

July 26, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

June 23, 2005
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Just another trashy look at America as the land of imbecilic perverts.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

June 17, 2005
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Araki seems to have finally taken in a few Todd Solondz movies, then realized that abusing actor James Duval delivers nowhere near the shock value of abusing children.

Full Review Source: New Times

May 28, 2005
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

Gregg Araki? More like Gregg Hack-raki.

Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy

April 2, 2005
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine

Undermined by a startling change in tone a quarter of the way through the narrative.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 30, 2005

The only thing Mysterious Skin will do is make yours crawl.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 2/4

May 21, 2005
Sean Means
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Parts are beautiful, other parts are brutal (like a rape scene that oddly evokes the Psycho shower scene), but it doesn't jell into a satisfying whole.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 3, 2005
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Starts to play like dada.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 21, 2005
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C+

June 30, 2005
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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The audience has gotten the point roughly 90 minutes before the characters do.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

July 21, 2005
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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

July 28, 2005
David Noh
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Sweet and disturbing at the same time.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 19, 2005
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

Director Araki is able to fashion an intimate tale that generates genuine engaging credibility.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

April 28, 2005
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 6, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A complex and challenging emotional experience.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 2, 2005
February 27, 2009
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 2, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 7, 2005

Boston Phoenix
June 25, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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July 5, 2005

Houston Chronicle
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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July 5, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
August 19, 2005

AV Club
September 26, 2005

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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