Dec 14, 2017
It is a mess, cramming in every inflammatory ethnic item on this Canadian-Armenian director's agenda. Egoyan has dedicated so much time and feeling to the historical wounds of his race that the emotion is festering.
Mar 17, 2017
Because of Egoyan's astute, cool intellectual powers and directorial finesse, the film cannot be quickly dismissed, especially if you're an Egoyan disciple. You do become concerned about the characters . . and the issues. If only you could feel them.
May 4, 2010
A disappointingly convoluted attempt to present the 1915 Armenian genocide through an intergenerational family melodrama.
Jun 21, 2007
Great idea. Execution poor enough to compare it to a Lifetime/VisionTV Movie of the Week.
Apr 19, 2006
Verges on the brilliant and is a much more interesting work than Egoyan's admirable but over-praised The Sweet Hereafter.
Dec 6, 2005
Sep 27, 2003
Sep 7, 2003
[Egoyan is] so careful telling the story of the genocide that much of the film feels cold and didactic, like watching a slide show in a lecture hall.
Jul 22, 2003
One of Egoyan's great pics that in time will grow in stature.
Jul 13, 2003
Although not an easy film to follow, I found 'Ararat' worthy of close attention.
Jul 6, 2003
The movie's flaws ring of underconfidence, as if Egoyan intellectualised its parts until he ended up draining them of power.
Apr 4, 2003
It's not easy to shake or dismiss.
Apr 4, 2003
Exploring the fluid nature of history ... [is] a fascinating conceit, but one Egoyan has trouble executing.
Mar 19, 2003
There's no doubting that this is a highly ambitious and personal project for Egoyan, but it's also one that, next to his best work, feels clumsy and convoluted.
Mar 19, 2003
Ararat feels like a book report
Mar 14, 2003
Egoyan's movie is too complicated to sustain involvement, and, if you'll excuse a little critical heresy, too intellectually ambitious.
Mar 6, 2003
Atom Egoyan has conjured up a multilayered work that tackles any number of fascinating issues
Mar 4, 2003
A haunted, bountiful film that demands patience -- and rewards it.
Feb 28, 2003
The work of an artist tormented by his heritage, using his storytelling ability to honor the many faceless victims.
Feb 21, 2003
Impassioned performances and direction make this a riveting recreation of a reprehensible period neglected by historians.