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  • Summary: The estranged members of a contemporary Armenian family are faced both with Turkey's denial of their catastrophic past and with their own complicated present. (Miramax)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. As ever, Egoyan assembles a devoted repertory cast, including Christopher Plummer.
  2. Expresses with uncommon power the highly relevant issue of public indifference to genocide, which is especially well dramatized by a scene with Elias Koteas as an actor playing a Turk.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    70
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Has its moments -- and almost as many subplots.
  5. Reviewed by: Jon Strickland
    60
    Egoyan has always constructed dense ensemble films, and here again the writer-director hopes to reinforce his themes by piling layer upon layer of character. Unfortunately, the layers end up cluttering the story.
  6. Doesn't connect with its audience in the one place that matters most: the heart.
  7. All in the cast are competent, and some of the slaughter scenes make us ache, but the overlaid material does not enrich, it impedes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 5 out of 24