Exam (2008)



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Shown into a windowless examination room, eight candidates have reached the final stage of selection for a prestigious job at a mysterious corporation. There is one question before them and one answer is required. If they try to speak to him or the armed guard by the door they will be disqualified. If they leave the room for any reason they will be disqualified. If they spoil their papers they will be disqualified. As the clock ticks down, they must figure out what the company expects of them, and how far they are prepared to go to secure the ultimate job.

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (3)

Plot twists, lighting changes and shifts of tone work hard to sustain our attention, but the script sometimes becomes too involved in solving the structural challenges it has set itself.

Jan 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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There are interesting ideas and scenes but also a shaggy-dog anti-climax. Still, Hazeldine is a talent to reckon with.

Jan 8, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Claustrophobic psychological-drama is a flawed but intriguing exercise in script writing ingenuity and economy.

Jul 16, 2009

A tight psychological thriller with a slight sci-fi edge. A great find.

Jun 9, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Low-budget but handsomely mounted cross between Cube and 12 Angry Men, with some script input by mystery writer Agatha Christie and literary critic Terry Eagleton.

Dec 19, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An intriguing yet uneven thriller...

Nov 19, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Exam


Although it begins quite well, Exam is too unoriginal and only draws inevitable comparisons to The Apprentice and films like Cube and The Method. However, the real problem is how pointless the story really is, including a frustrating ending.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Flawed, but still worthwhile answer to time-pass.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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The premise is nihilistic but pretty cool. In the near future, eight strangers are applying for a job and a company that are not much more specified than that. They come together during the final exam, a white sheet of paper in front of then. What's missing is a question. The discussions and conflicts that arise as the clock is ticking down from 80 minutes´are sometimes realistic and sometimes a bit forced. It doesn't exactly help that none of the characters is particularly likable, but their struggle to come up with a solution to the situation is still entertaining, sometimes even exciting. The twist towards the end doesn't exactly blow you away but is still neat enough and it is refreshing that the solution lacks any sign of cynicism.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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This story has been told a million times and with a frustrating back plot that is only hinted at I was left feeling exasperated by the time the not completley unintelligent conclusion finally came. I would say that this movie is definitely going to cut people straight down the middle and was nowhere near the worse movie I have ever seen, but I don't think I will be watching it again. Disappointing.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

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