Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. Egoyan's cinematic brilliance shows up intermittently in this atmospheric thriller, which gains most of its punch from Hoskins's surprisingly subtle performance.
  2. A rare example of a literary film that preserves the best of its source while creatively filling up on it.
  3. 100
    Compulsion, self-deception and the slippery nature of evil are explored with fidelity and supreme control .
  4. So elegantly layered and emotionally restrained, it makes the horror at its center all the more disturbing.
  5. 88
    You leave Felicia's Journey appreciating it. A week later, you're astounded by it.
  6. In this, Alfred Hitchcock's centenary year, Felicia's Journey so startlingly channels the obsessions of the late director that it might be the greatest Hitchcock movie the master of suspense never made.
  7. In this film, shadowy seams of brutality, loss and grief are traced beneath bright layers of tree boughs, children's laughter and high, empty windows.
  8. Like a dowser who can divine hidden sources of water, Atom Egoyan has a talent for locating the dream-state perversity that runs just under the surface of everyday life;
  9. 80
    It's an Egoyan film, and therefore by definition worth seeing.
  10. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Newcomer Cassidy is excellent, and Hoskins gives a flawless performance.
  11. One of the year's riskiest yet most effective films.
  12. Visually, and in its soundtrack of overlapping voices, the film sustains a mood of heightened consciousness.
  13. There's tremendous maturity and skill in Felicia's Journey but also a sense of impending horror that's bound to repel some audience members -- even though the violence is all implied.
  14. 75
    All of Egoyan's movies have revolved around characters with damaged, fragile psyches, but rarely have they been illustrated as deftly -- and as gracefully -- as in Felicia's Journey.
  15. Deep as a Canadian lake: Below the placid surface, menacing creatures swim around unseen.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    A chilly oddball that's easier to admire than love.
  17. Seems like a genteel "Psycho."
  18. Has difficulty reaching a resolution. In the final half-hour, the film becomes almost hysterically out of sync with its prior quiet reserve.
  19. The success of Felicia's Journey lies in the work of the steady and here understated Hoskins, who gives one of his best performances, and young Cassidy, who displays a weary maturity even through her deer-in-the-headlights character.
  20. Everything seems to fall into place according to earlier Egoyan films, which suggests that you're likelier to enjoy this one if you haven't seen the others.
  21. 70
    As is typical with Egoyan, the structure is complicated and the layers of cinematic technique and texture are even more so.
  22. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Egoyan and Hoskins fans will definitely want to see this film. Others will feel their fingernails grow as they watch it.
  23. Reviewed by: Emanuel Levy
    Mounted as an art film and is likely to divide both critics and the helmer's fans.
  24. 70
    Egoyan, whose sophisticated eye is connected to a brain that seems, for the moment, to have gone dead.
  25. As far from crowd-pleasing as you're going to get these days.
  26. In this instance Egoyan's hereafter is a pale imitation of his yesterday.
  27. But given the potentially gripping subject matter, the film is fatally underedited: Every scene feels too long.
  28. 61
    It's yet another serial killer movie, a plot element that by this point in time, far from being disturbing or fascinating, is just plain dull.
  29. 60
    Haunting character study filled with fascinating personalities, robust images, and eccentric behaviors that will please art-house fans.
  30. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Apart from a few choice flashbacks, the action is crawlingly linear--and opaque.
  31. 60
    Intelligent thriller--turns-- into an embarrassing gothic horror show.
  32. 50
    As with all of Egoyan's films, this new one comes cloaked in an atmosphere of dread, but for the first time there's no real purpose, intellectual or emotional, to all the free-floating anxiety.
  33. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Has more ambition than the usual serial killer film, but curiously less urgency.
  34. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    A movie this implausible shouldn't be this dull.

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