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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 9, 2011
A tight psychological thriller with a slight sci-fi edge. A great find.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
December 19, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 19, 2010
An intriguing yet uneven thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
November 5, 2010
Everything is just slightly mysterious and off-kilter.
Scott Weinberg
September 17, 2010
Benefits from a bit of dark humor, some critically important editing tricks, and a mystery that's actually sort of ... interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark R. Leeper
May 31, 2010
The ninth person working on this puzzle will be the viewer.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Exam can't follow through on its ideas and premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
January 15, 2010
Despite their supposed cleverness, all the candidates here make mistakes that would be avoided by anybody with even the slightest knowledge of how these situations usually pan out in movies, and the whole thing gets very silly by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 15, 2010
The tale is ingeniously developed, the suspense well maintained, and you'll think more highly of it if you have to leave five minutes before the disappointing pay-off.
Jonathan Romney
Independent on Sunday
January 15, 2010
This low-budget British chamber piece has an intriguing scenario, so it's a shame that the po-faced, sci-fi-tinged screenplay fixates on the applicants' efforts to detect invisible ink on their exam papers.
Robbie Collin
News of the World
January 15, 2010
You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine
January 8, 2010
A modern morality tale in the sleek guise of a sci-fi-tinged thriller. The setting is modest, the ambition is big.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 8, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2010
Director Stuart Hazeldine makes the most of a small budget and modest cast in a solidly put together watch-it-once thriller that's all about the process of solving the puzzle at its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
January 8, 2010
Fundamentally pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
January 8, 2010
There are interesting ideas and scenes but also a shaggy-dog anti-climax. Still, Hazeldine is a talent to reckon with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
January 8, 2010
It's The Apprentice with obligatory torture, and a damp squib of an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
January 8, 2010
Sharp editing and slick cinematography mean that, though talky in places, Exam will have you gripped right up until the stop-clock strikes zero.
| Original Score: 4/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
January 8, 2010
A slick and absorbing thriller that juggles mind horror, science fiction and ratcheted-up tension, this is an accomplished debut and useful calling card for Hazeldine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 8, 2010
Not exactly The Usual Suspects then, but a suspenseful examination of human nature that's bound to bring its creator another, bigger job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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