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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Has its moments -- and almost as many subplots. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    This toweringly ambitious picture confronts a brilliant director, Atom Egoyan, with a major historical event and a profound theme. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 63
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    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. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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. show more

  • 70
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    We only experience the horror of the genocide through several layers of artifice -- first Saroyan's, then Egoyan's own -- a sad acknowledgement that with each story told, we're drawn that much further from the truth. show more

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