100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Not for the squeamish, but it is a beautifully crafted and thoughtful film that genuinely provokes.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
At once the most harrowing and, strangely, the most touching film I have seen about child abuse.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Mysterious Skin dawdles more than it flows, but it comes alive whenever Araki, hovering between tragedy and voyeurism, reveals how sex can tear lives to pieces.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An absorbing story. Even though it takes you to places you may not want to go, the film never loses its human touch--that feel of skin on skin or of the past inescapably invading the present.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Mysterious Skin bears all of Araki's hallmarks, from its stylish compositions and lush colors to its willingness to confront difficult subject matter head-on.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A deft, affecting drama about childhood sexual abuse and its lifelong scars.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film is mentally graphic, not sexually graphic.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The film is actually a major artistic breakthrough for Araki, a onetime bad boy of independent filmmaking. Its psychological intelligence, attention to emotional currents, and humanity are surprises.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A well-conceived story that is very hard to shake.
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73 out of 100
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