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Adam Resurrected Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
September 21, 2009
Director Paul Schrader is too removed from the powerful emotions roiling through the film, but it may be the only way to handle the horrors he's forced to confront.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 21, 2009
The ending throws away the complexity that makes the rest of the movie so interesting
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
A well-acted, sporadically intriguing drama that has a few poignant moments...but its convoluted, unfocused plot fails to pack an emotional wallop as a whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 29, 2009
Goldblum gives a powerful performance in this film. His is one of the best performances by any actor in any film released in 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 6, 2009
Inexplicable, eclectic and esoteric, it's a sardonic turn-off to a mainstream audience.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 5, 2009
Grapples with important themes and is expertly made, but is simply too odd and off-putting to be anything more than an almost grotesque curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jordan Hiller
December 22, 2008
For all the nightmarish scenes conceived as a creepy cross between Burroughs and Weisel, we don't receive the cathartic satisfaction typically related to the dramatization of Jewish tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 19, 2008
It seems to have been written in a tone of magical realism, but the director is Paul Schrader, a filmmaker who has many talents, but no feel for whimsy, let alone magic.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2008
In a less competitive year, Jeff Goldblum would have had a shot at an Oscar nod.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Orndorf
December 18, 2008
The conclusion of the film conveys a sense of moderate relief over life-altering transformation, shortchanging the miracle Goldblum is working overtime to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2008
One cannot recommend this film strongly enough.
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
December 16, 2008
Could have been a tour de force for director Paul Schrader and his cast, and the glimpses of greatness make the reality all the more disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark R. Leeper
December 16, 2008
This is a really off-the-wall nihilistic fantasy that may please a small segment of the audience and perhaps even become a cult film.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 16, 2008
A film of insanity, cruelty and living life when the thrill is gone, "Adam Resurrected" tells a powerful story---for viewers tough enough to take it. One of Jeff Goldblum's best performances and stand-up supporting work by Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 12, 2008
A semi-unbearable attempt at profundity set in a mental institution 15 years after WWII.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 12, 2008
Savage gallows humor might have substituted for pathos. But Adam Resurrected feels so detached that there is not a laugh, nor even a wicked smirk of nihilistic glee, to be gleaned.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
December 11, 2008
Even when it flies off the rails deep into its third act, Resurrected remains strangely hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Barsanti
December 11, 2008
Between Jeff Goldblum's wildly over-mannered performance and the schlocky treatment of serious subject matter, it's hard to know whether to simply dismiss the film or be outraged by it.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
December 11, 2008
This is the rare film that is memorable, affecting, and bad.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
December 11, 2008
Weird combination of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and a Holocaust drama is (almost) saved by Jeff Goldblum's commanding lead performance.
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