83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
As ever, Egoyan assembles a devoted repertory cast, including Christopher Plummer.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
This is a heartfelt piece, and while passion alone can't carry a movie, it sure helps. Ararat is uneven because Egoyan couldn't tell it smoothly.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
This toweringly ambitious picture confronts a brilliant director, Atom Egoyan, with a major historical event and a profound theme.
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63

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
Egoyan treats the Armenian genocide and its aftermath as a metaphor for cruelty and denial -- an exercise in either pretension or timidity that exploits this tragedy.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The screenplay's intelligence begins to break down in Egoyan's formal choices. Ideas never elude Egoyan, but boy does Saroyan's epic look uncertain and cruddy.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Perhaps this movie was so close to Egoyan's heart that he was never able to stand back and get a good perspective on it -- that he is as conflicted as his characters, and as confused in the face of shifting points of view.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Has its moments -- and almost as many subplots.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Whatever the reason, the characters often seem only half-formed and there's a strange artificiality about the entire endeavor. Egoyan has never been a realist, and his style has contributed to his ability to deliver a knockout punch. Here, that punch is missing.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Egoyan is one of Canada's most ambitious and original filmmakers, but the power of this intricate drama falls short of its aspirations, despite his personal investment in the subject, since he is of Armenian ancestry himself.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Only two hours long but it may take your mind another day to get through it. Egoyan has stuffed a lot into this personal and strenuously opaque film, which perhaps explains why its over-plotted, elliptical structure seems so onerous.
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62 out of 100
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