(1999)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Leigh is perfectly cast as the game-pod goddess.
100
Gets diagnosably schizo.
90
This is not light-hearted entertainment. Be prepared to think. Uncle Dave will take you someplace new.
88
Chicago Tribune
With his usual consummate visual skills and his flair for the nauseatingly audacious, David Cronenberg's written (spottily) and directed (stunningly) a movie that often makes you feel as if you'd lost contact with reality: a twisted, nightmarish tale of futuristic reality games and a couple on the run. [23 April 1999, Friday, p.D]
75
Chicago Sun-Times
As loaded with special effects as "The Matrix,'' but they're on a different scale. Many of his best effects are gooey, indescribable organic things, and some of the most memorable scenes involve characters eating things that surgeons handle with gloves on.
75
Entertainment Weekly
Typically icky and unusually witty.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Viewers should stay far away unless they have a strong stomach for deliberately disgusting effects.
63
New York Daily News
David Cronenberg is one of the most intellectual film makers around.
63
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
EXistenZ, unlike existence, just lacks that certain mystique.
50
USA Today
Cronenberg can create alternative worlds like few other filmmakers, and that's a real achievement. If he learns to make us care about them, he'll really have something. [23 April 1999, Life, p.8E]
50
ReelViews
Because of the potential of the idea and Cronenberg's reputation as a film maker, it's a real disappointment to watch eXistenZ fall apart the way it does.

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