Exam Reviews

June 9, 2011
A tight psychological thriller with a slight sci-fi edge. A great find.
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.
November 19, 2010
An intriguing yet uneven thriller...
November 5, 2010
Everything is just slightly mysterious and off-kilter.
September 17, 2010
Benefits from a bit of dark humor, some critically important editing tricks, and a mystery that's actually sort of ... interesting.
May 31, 2010
The ninth person working on this puzzle will be the viewer.
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.
January 15, 2010
You're left with the nagging suspicion that, with just one more script polish, it could have been something very special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 8, 2010
Sleek, sharp and straight to the point, Stuart Hazeldine's feature debut holds its own among such high achievers.
January 8, 2010
The overall result is an impressive calling card for Hazeldine, even if the climax lacks the impact promised by its ingenious set-up.
January 8, 2010
An intriguing, claustrophobic thriller.
January 8, 2010
Watchable, but somewhat mechanical; mark it down as a C/C minus, and hold out for the DVD.
July 16, 2009
Claustrophobic psychological-drama is a flawed but intriguing exercise in script writing ingenuity and economy.