Reviews

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.
Sep 27, 2003
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 14, 2003
Egoyan's movie is too complicated to sustain involvement, and, if you'll excuse a little critical heresy, too intellectually ambitious.
Dec 27, 2002
Egoyan uses the inherent falseness of movies ... to achieve a truth his own.
Nov 27, 2002
In a strange way, Egoyan has done too much. He's worked too hard on this movie.
Nov 27, 2002
It's a deeply serious movie that cares passionately about its subject, but too often becomes ponderous in its teaching of history, or lost in the intricate connections and multiple timelines of its story.
Nov 27, 2002
Given the convoluted approach -- and tongue-tied delivery -- we're left to conclude that Egoyan's emotions got the better of him this time.
Nov 27, 2002
Has the obsessiveness and audacity of a film that had to be made or its filmmaker would have combusted.
Nov 27, 2002
Only the most patient, sensitive and sensible of viewers will cut through the film's affectations and indulgences to come to the point.
Nov 27, 2002
Part impassioned history lesson, part reflection on the way entertainment distorts history, part extension of [Egoyan's] previous explorations of how desire and need distort our sense of self.
Nov 27, 2002
Egoyan's work often elegantly considers various levels of reality and uses shifting points of view, but here he has constructed a film so labyrinthine that it defeats his larger purpose.
Nov 27, 2002
Before long, you get Egoyan's big idea -- and it's hardly a good one. He wants to turn the movie screen into a blackboard.
Nov 26, 2002
You can quibble with excess characters and storylines, but the cumulative effect is strong and emotionally accurate.
Nov 26, 2002
In the end, Ararat has enough artistry and intelligence -- and enough commitment from Egoyan, producer Robert Lantos and company -- to justify more than a higher-than-mixed rating.
Nov 15, 2002
Has its moments -- and almost as many subplots.
Nov 15, 2002
A pertinent powerfully intelligent account of the morality of making history.
Nov 15, 2002
Hardly makes the kind of points Egoyan wanted to make, nor does it exist as the kind of monument he wanted to build, to victims whose voices have never gained the ears of the world.
Nov 15, 2002
The metaphors are provocative, but too often, the viewer is left puzzled by the mechanics of the delivery.