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Mysterious Skin Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 11, 2016
Like most good films, this one demands something from you, not just you from it. Some may run for cover, or for the exit, but those who stick around this strange and rich film will be sent out floating.
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
March 17, 2014
[...] For a movie about something as painful as child sexual abuse, Mysterious Skin doesn't repel. There's an allure to the images, which are as carefully posed and framed as figures in a softly illuminated dollhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
March 7, 2014
Contains a few flat notes of community participation, but Araki locates all the necessary surges of hopelessness and misguided desire, ending victorious in his quest to adapt Scott Heim's provocative novel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
By exploring the taboo topic of paedophilia in a humanist manner that avoids sensationalising or heavy-handed verdicts, Araki's eloquent, sensitive film actually presents an indictment far stronger than any moral grandstander ever could.
| Original Score: 5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 21, 2010
a bizarre, beguiling coming-of-age drama
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 15, 2009
treads harrowing ground without falling into the pit of cliché
Full Review | Original Score: B
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Araki's film is a wrenching examination of childhood trauma and abuse.
Cole Smithey
April 15, 2009
"Mysterious Skin" is a devastating yet beautiful film that honors its fragile characters with vital respect.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Noh
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Even with the numb dialogue and trite characterizations we've come to expect from Araki, Mysterious Skin might have worked with the right actor in the charismatic role of Neil.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 20, 2006
This one clearly has more meat on the plate than Araki's earlier more shallow and sensationalistic films.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 9, 2006
Gregg Araki nous offre son %u0153uvre la plus mature à ce jour.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 3, 2006
Sensível e tristemente trágico, o filme é um doloroso estudo de personagens beneficiado por uma atuação estupenda de Gordon-Levitt.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 28, 2005
Gordon-Levitt's performance is nothing short of astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
October 30, 2005
A raw and unadorned look at child abuse and its idiosyncratic repercussions.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
September 30, 2005
Araki has given us his most mature work yet, a fiercely focused yet oddly dreamlike meditation on innocence and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 2, 2005
A superb achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
A riveting original that some may find almost too agonising to experience
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 19, 2005
Sweet and disturbing at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 15, 2005
Delicately balances the sordid and rough with the childlike and fantastic...
Read More | Original Score: '3.5/4'
Top Critic
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 29, 2005
Gone is the gloomy nihilism of The Doom Generation and The Living End, replaced by a melancholy, but hopeful, affection toward people with the capacity to overcome tremendous psychological trauma.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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