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Ararat Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
May 4, 2010
A disappointingly convoluted attempt to present the 1915 Armenian genocide through an intergenerational family melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
Great idea. Execution poor enough to compare it to a Lifetime/VisionTV Movie of the Week.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 19, 2006
Verges on the brilliant and is a much more interesting work than Egoyan's admirable but over-praised The Sweet Hereafter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 22, 2003
One of Egoyan's great pics that in time will grow in stature.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
July 13, 2003
Although not an easy film to follow, I found 'Ararat' worthy of close attention.
July 6, 2003
The movie's flaws ring of underconfidence, as if Egoyan intellectualised its parts until he ended up draining them of power.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 4, 2003
It's not easy to shake or dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 4, 2003
Exploring the fluid nature of history ... [is] a fascinating conceit, but one Egoyan has trouble executing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Dawson
March 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 19, 2003
Ararat feels like a book report
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 14, 2003
Egoyan's movie is too complicated to sustain involvement, and, if you'll excuse a little critical heresy, too intellectually ambitious.
| Original Score: C
D.K. Holm
March 6, 2003
Atom Egoyan has conjured up a multilayered work that tackles any number of fascinating issues
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 4, 2003
A haunted, bountiful film that demands patience -- and rewards it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 28, 2003
The work of an artist tormented by his heritage, using his storytelling ability to honor the many faceless victims.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bryan Reesman
February 21, 2003
Impassioned performances and direction make this a riveting recreation of a reprehensible period neglected by historians.
| Original Score: 8/10
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Atom Egoyan may be our new Kubrick -- but his latest film's exploration of genocide and culture is the textbook definition of "ambitious failure."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 31, 2003
There is a fabric of complex ideas here, and feelings that profoundly deepen them.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Shawn Levy
January 31, 2003
An impressive work in many regards -- the acting, the photography, the pace -- but it would've been even more so had Egoyan gone with his gut and been less indulgent of his brain.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 17, 2003
Too much time is wasted showing how these people are joined, instead of what those connections mean and why these characters all belong in the same movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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