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Existenz Reviews

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It's a disturbing, disorienting sensation -- puzzles within puzzles, games within games -- that continues right up to the last shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 25, 2007
Experienced gamers should find much to savor through the films unique assessments on the nature of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
[Cronenberg is] a laughing existentialist here, a philosopher who sees the comedy in disorientation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
April 27, 2007
I just don't happen to like puzzle films of any kind, but I must credit Mr. Cronenberg with more intellectual depth than most of his fellow pessimistic movie pranksters.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Dark, delirious fun.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
It's good art direction in search of an idea.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
July 2, 2004
Brave moviegoers and fans of writer-director David Cronenberg will find funny dialogue and grotesquely engrossing scenes in his latest sci-fi horror tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 23, 2003
Fans may find certain similarities between eXistenZ and Videodrome bothersome, but both films are the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2003
An evolution for the filmmaker that will reach maturity in the quiet, devastatingly economical eloquence of Spider.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 23, 2002
a genuinely jolting yarn... Cronenberg eventually succeeds in making the audience feel as disoriented as Allegra...
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
Cronenberg's commentary here, though grotesque, belies a certain intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
The premise is solid, the script is clever and well-thought-out, and the movie is consistently engaging...
| Original Score: B
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Bringing a light touch to the grave issues of mortality, illusion, identity, and technology that have obsessed him throughout his career, Cronenberg turns them into a diverting, disorienting, ultimately inconsequential hand of solitaire.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A s-fi thriller that challenges us to ponder the propensity we all have for surrendering ourselves to cheap thrills as a substitute for the boredom of reality.
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
The only visual jolts come from Cronenberg's trademark images of grotesque amphibians and oozing intestines, and these creepy-crawly moments are merely repulsive, not provocative.
Jamie Woolley
December 3, 2001
In the hands of anyone else, the notion of computer game terrorists would be ludicrous, and even Cronenberg fails to explain their motives, using the film instead to indulge in surreal exercises of dream logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 7, 2001
...too clever for its own good. Once you catch on to the gimmick...it isn't half as entertaining.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Jennifer Jason Leigh is an ideal Cronenberg heroine, projecting a personality that is smart, wary and capable of obsessiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[It's] meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Because of the potential of the idea and Cronenberg's reputation as a film maker, it's a real disappointment to watch eXistenZ fall apart the way it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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