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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+
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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
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
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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
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
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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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Gene Seymour
March 8, 2007
Beneath its rueful humor, surrealistic conceits and alluring interludes, Exterminating Angels emerges as a cautionary examination of erotica's pleasures and perils.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Hollywood Reporter
March 7, 2007
Alternately provocative and highly silly, the film overcomes its more ludicrous aspects through its glossy visual style, its frequent doses of humor and the obvious associations it evokes to its creator's real-life experiences.
March 7, 2007
The film is ultimately infuriating, subtle, self-indulgent, astute and disingenuous, which makes for great -- if divisive -- conversation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 7, 2007
A date that begins with the salacious movie Exterminating Angels is likely to end up either in bed or in court.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
March 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
March 6, 2007
Exterminating Angels is one audaciously, endearingly ludicrous movie.
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Andrew O'Hehir
March 1, 2007
Exterminating Angels is a luminous picture, beautifully made, loaded with symbolism and mystical-religious imagery, about an artist's self-destructive quest for an unreachable grail.
Harvey S. Karten
February 28, 2007
It was good for me.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cole Smithey
February 20, 2007
Provocative, erotic and unforced Exterminating Angels is a cautionary story about the perils of awakening useless desire.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Keith Uhlich
House Next Door
February 13, 2007
The beauties of Brisseau's movies lie in their defiantly messy imperfections: pretty poison all the way.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 10, 2007
Exterminating Angels is Jean-Claude Brisseau's Sex is Comedy, though it could just as easily have been called Anatomy of Hell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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