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Exterminating Angels Reviews

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 20, 2007
A complex, confessional examination of [Jean-Claude Brisseau's] twisted, thorny and ultimately ambiguous feelings toward women and sex.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
... the film is passably entertaining but dramatically inert.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
June 1, 2007
The cinematic equivalent of getting drenched with a splash of ice water.
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
May 22, 2007
It lacks any introspection to illuminate the erotic subject matter.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2007
Endless auditions get the annoying Francois nowhere closer to grasping what turns women on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 10, 2007
It's not smart enough to actually pull off what it purports to do, and it's not free enough to simply enjoy itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 10, 2007
Critics I admire have assured me that many of Brisseau's earlier films are less silly, more interesting, and even commendable.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2007
The content may be dubious, but the execution is hypnotic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
May 10, 2007
Little more than Lesbians Lesbians Lesbians.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 4, 2007
Gorgeous French silliness, yes, featuring stunning women having languorous, artful sex with each other. What was I saying? Oh yes, the silliness. Artful, gorgeous, sexy, sure, but ridiculous nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 26, 2007
It's hard to tell if Brisseau is a raging misogynist or a radical feminist, and what makes the movie interesting is that he's probably a little bit of both.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 12, 2007
[Director] Brisseau calculatedly offsets the silliness of the surreal elements and the earnestness applied to the sex by savoring the overall absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
April 12, 2007
... plenty of heat, not all that much light.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 21, 2007
Mr. Brisseau honors the infinitely varying psyches of his female subjects. One may scoff at his voyeuristic self-indulgence, but when you come right down to it, isn't that what the cinema is all about, one way or another?
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 21, 2007
A sexually-charged, eyebrow-raising thriller that often straddles that fine line between erotic thriller and all-out pornography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2007
Has heat but little light; it speaks of pleasure while treating it as a dirty word. The cast huffs and puffs but the exercise, sadly, remains academic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
George Wu
March 12, 2007
If the movie was meant to render sympathy to Brisseau, it only reinforces how monstrously repugnant he is. The audacity to suggest his complete innocence makes the whole thing seem like black comedy, only the core sentiment is not funny.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 11, 2007
A venture into the world of lust and love scripted with the beauty and discipline of Greek tragedy. As enthralling as it is disturbing. A must see for those who can tolerate the explicit sex.
| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Noel Murray
AV Club
March 10, 2007
Exterminating Angels is undeniably arousing.
| Original Score: B
Kam Williams
March 9, 2007
Masturbation as method acting!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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