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Exterminating Angels Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
March 10, 2007
Exterminating Angels is undeniably arousing.
| Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 9, 2007
This is the stuff of male fantasy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 7, 2007
Exterminating Angels is beautifully lensed and acted, but it lacks substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 7, 2007
The movie, for all its huffing and puffing, explores very little, even if some of it is sexy in a Howard Stern-meets-9 1/2 Weeks way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
March 6, 2007
Exterminating Angels is one audaciously, endearingly ludicrous movie.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 5, 2007
The director can't get past his notion of himself as a fearlessly transgressive artist-hero, a martyr to the limitations of male gaze. With all those lovely naked women helping him act out his own Promethean fall, it's less autocritique than autoeroticism
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
May 22, 2006
Maestro of pulse-quickening simulated sex Jean-Claude Brisseau offers a frequently funny, authentically arousing and seemingly autobiographical tale.