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Adoration Reviews

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
March 17, 2015
Adoration spins an intricate weave of deception, an avatar maze in which almost every character is revealed to have more than one persona.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 26, 2011
In Egoyanland it's always winter, but that can be reassuring.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
October 1, 2010
Uneven enigmatic social drama that's framed like an imaginative mystery story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
A chilly intellectualism sucks the dramatic life out of Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan's Adoration.
March 16, 2010
Though Egoyan, as usual, frequently strains credibility he at least manages to weave all of this into a fairly absorbing detective story that explores the roots and damaging implications of prejudice with unexpected grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
February 2, 2010
Without the constrictions of an adapted text, Egoyan's creativity turns towards intellectual exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 2, 2010
Unfortunately the elaborately unspooled plot delivering these ideas in dramatic form is so scraggy and effortful it defeats the cast and rather compromises our involvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
February 2, 2010
The most positive thing you can say about Atom Egoyan's latest film is that it is well-intentioned. But the most honest thing that you can say is that it's a painfully misguided and pretentious folly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 2, 2010
A pretty fatuous equivalence, made much more implausible by the clotted structure, some wince-makingly unconvincing scenes and truly terrible acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 2, 2010
Atom Egoyan is up to his old tricks with this fractured, elusive drama, resembling but never measuring up to the ones which launched his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Wood
Little White Lies
February 2, 2010
Populated with rich, complex characters, Adoration's impressive array of ideas is matched by its visual beauty and narrative ingenuity.
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
February 2, 2010
If you can buy into the improbable, this ultimately pans out as a wise and rather poignant story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
February 2, 2010
A complex, compelling brew, enhanced throughout by Egoyan's hypnotic style. Sadly, it's also weirdly remote and agonisingly slow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Radio Times
February 2, 2010
An ill-judged crack at a mainstream thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 2, 2010
A characteristically skewed but cerebral look at a dysfunctional family in a movie much easier to admire than actually like.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
February 2, 2010
Theme is all-powerful, with characters verbally fondling their histories and identities - and, in one typically po-faced scene, intellectualising vomit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 2, 2010
Egoyan has hold of serious material...but it is untidily stitched into the narrative, crushing any illusion of spontaneity and loading the dialogue with heavy-duty didacticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
February 2, 2010
But when he turns from intellectual debate to the way human beings actually speak and behave, you might feel that he'd be better off writing essays himself.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 2, 2010
Too self-conscious by half and often unnecessarily complicated. It's as if Egoyan, who wrote and produced it as well as directed, has so much on his mind that he can't sort it all out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
February 2, 2010
A stylish, muddled but oddly interesting movie/moral debate, this is ultimately a reflection (I think) on post-9/11 hysteria.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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