eXistenZ

User Score
3.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 138
  2. Negative: 84 out of 138

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  1. Groundfisher
    Jul 16, 2004
    5
    I quite like Jude Law but in this movie he showcases what might be the most unconvincing American accent ever committed to film. It was painful to listen to. Despite what others say, I thought Leigh was an unconvincing game developer. The end of the movie - the shootout scene - looks as though it was shot in my backyard using christmas tree lights, flares and an 80s disco smoke machine. I quite like Jude Law but in this movie he showcases what might be the most unconvincing American accent ever committed to film. It was painful to listen to. Despite what others say, I thought Leigh was an unconvincing game developer. The end of the movie - the shootout scene - looks as though it was shot in my backyard using christmas tree lights, flares and an 80s disco smoke machine. The strength of this movie is the ideas it is built around. For me, it was good for provoking discussions about some of the topics raised, but not discussion about the movie itself. All in all, a dissatisfying movie. I'd recommend it to irrepressible computer game players, students of Technoculture, and fans of psychedelic drugs. Expand
  2. Feb 21, 2014
    6
    I didn't like the movie much, despite the decent actors the movie is not well made, the visual characters are not that convincing, the killing scenes (and other visual effects) are lame and the whole story is not that good. Another thing I must mention that the movie is rather strange and sometimes disturbing. The only thing that I really liked - it's the way the game elements are shown inI didn't like the movie much, despite the decent actors the movie is not well made, the visual characters are not that convincing, the killing scenes (and other visual effects) are lame and the whole story is not that good. Another thing I must mention that the movie is rather strange and sometimes disturbing. The only thing that I really liked - it's the way the game elements are shown in the movie - all that awkwardness in the story progression and NPC interaction. Expand
  3. PatC.
    Jan 7, 2004
    6
    Video games are not political, they are far more important.
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    Like the virtual game he plays on us, the film is weird, it's addictive, and Lord, it's alive!
  2. 50
    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.
  3. Its name, the film's title, is pronounced "eggs is tense" and meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.