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Ivans Xtc Reviews

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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2002
A triumph, relentless and beautiful in its downbeat darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 6, 2002
The fascination comes in the power of the Huston performance, which seems so larger than life and yet so fragile, and in the way the Ivan character accepts the news of his illness so quickly but still finds himself unable to react.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 27, 2002
It's hard to say who might enjoy this, are there Tolstoy groupies out there? It's dark and tragic, and lets the business of the greedy talent agents get in the way of saying something meaningful about facing death
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 25, 2002
It gets onto the screen just about as much of the novella as one could reasonably expect, and is engrossing and moving in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 20, 2002
Huston nails both the glad-handing and the choking sense of hollow despair.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
August 19, 2002
Captivates as it shows excess in business and pleasure, allowing us to find the small, human moments, and leaving off with a grand whimper.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
August 19, 2002
(Danny Huston gives) an astounding performance that deftly, gradually reveals a real human soul buried beneath a spellbinding serpent's smirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 16, 2002
A committed, intelligent and fascinating piece of work with no irony about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
August 10, 2002
A directorial tour de force by Bernard Rose, ivans xtc. is one of this year's very best pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kim Newman
Sight and Sound
August 8, 2002
A substantial and affecting piece of work.
Neil Smith
July 9, 2002
A powerful, chilling, and affecting study of one man's dying fall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
June 29, 2002
It's "Bowfinger" with a meaning, it's "The Player" with a heart, it's a window into business, politics and excesses. The film has heart
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 28, 2002
A remarkable film by Bernard Rose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
June 27, 2002
I have no way of knowing exactly how much is exaggeration, but I've got a creepy feeling that the film is closer to the mark than I want to believe.
| Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
June 15, 2002
With very little to add beyond the dark visions already relayed by superb recent predecessors like Swimming With Sharks and The Player, this latest skewering ... may put off insiders and outsiders alike.

E! Online
June 11, 2002
The reality-TV-like camera work takes some getting used to. And the even shakier editing, dialogue and acting quickly reveal this isn't exactly summer's big blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 11, 2002
To the degree that ivans xtc. works, it's thanks to Huston's revelatory performance.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 10, 2002
It's tough to watch, but it's a fantastic movie.
Pam Grady
June 7, 2002
Make no mistake, ivans xtc. is a mess.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 7, 2002
It's the humanizing stuff that will probably sink the film for anyone who doesn't think about percentages all day long.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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