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Existenz Reviews

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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
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
July 30, 2007
[Cronenberg is] a laughing existentialist here, a philosopher who sees the comedy in disorientation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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.
January 26, 2006
Dark, delirious fun.
July 21, 2005
It's good art direction in search of an idea.
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
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
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
June 23, 2002
a genuinely jolting yarn... Cronenberg eventually succeeds in making the audience feel as disoriented as Allegra...
June 5, 2002
Cronenberg's commentary here, though grotesque, belies a certain intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 3, 2002
The premise is solid, the script is clever and well-thought-out, and the movie is consistently engaging...
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
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.
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.
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
May 7, 2001
...too clever for its own good. Once you catch on to the gimmick...it isn't half as entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
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
January 1, 2000
[It's] meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.
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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