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Mysterious Skin Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
June 19, 2005
Heim wrote a killer tale with Skin, but in giving it to Araki, the power of the words has been dissolved into mush, or, in many instances, simple shock cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Alan Dale
July 19, 2005
The perennial golden touch in Hollywood is to make old stories seem new. In Mysterious Skin [writer-director Gregg] Araki "achieves" the opposite.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 2, 2005
...the whole thing just feels flat somehow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 26, 2005
A very well acted film with a tremendous ensemble cast. My problem stems from how Araki chose to tell the story.
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2005
By the time the climactic revelation finally comes, it's such old news that all the scenery chewing that accompanies it seems alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 17, 2005
Just another trashy look at America as the land of imbecilic perverts.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
May 28, 2005
Araki seems to have finally taken in a few Todd Solondz movies, then realized that abusing actor James Duval delivers nowhere near the shock value of abusing children.
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
April 2, 2005
Gregg Araki? More like Gregg Hack-raki.
Susan Green
Boxoffice Magazine
April 30, 2005
Undermined by a startling change in tone a quarter of the way through the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Neil Smith
May 21, 2005
The only thing Mysterious Skin will do is make yours crawl.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean P. Means
June 3, 2005
Parts are beautiful, other parts are brutal (like a rape scene that oddly evokes the Psycho shower scene), but it doesn't jell into a satisfying whole.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 21, 2005
Starts to play like dada.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 30, 2005
Doesn't manage to get much beneath the surface of its provocative topic, but Gordon-Levitt compensates considerably by digging deep into the soul of his character.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
July 21, 2005
The audience has gotten the point roughly 90 minutes before the characters do.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Laura Kelly
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 28, 2005
From a moralistic point of view, is it good that Araki is exposing the awful horrors of sex abuse? OK, I'll buy that. As a pedophilic expose, is it too much? For me, yes it was.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 19, 2005
Sweet and disturbing at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
April 28, 2005
Director Araki is able to fashion an intimate tale that generates genuine engaging credibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
May 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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