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Based on 32 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The film is mentally graphic, not sexually graphic. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    A deft, affecting drama about childhood sexual abuse and its lifelong scars. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A well-conceived story that is very hard to shake. show more

  • 40
    Ray Bennett The Hollywood Reporter

    Dull film about pedophilia that fails to shed any light on the topic. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    At once the most harrowing and, strangely, the most touching film I have seen about child abuse. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Not for the squeamish, but it is a beautifully crafted and thoughtful film that genuinely provokes. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    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. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    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. show more

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