Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    80
    Superbly modulated yet unrelentingly grim, Mirage builds upon a remarkable performance from young Macedonian newcomer Marko Kovacevic to tell the tragic tale of a talented schoolboy driven to violence through neglect and manipulation.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    You just know that any film that opens with Nietzsche's aphorism about hope being an evil that only prolongs the torments of man isn't going to a comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    70
    The true power of the film comes from young Marko Kovacevic, who plays the poetic child lost in a family and culture where poetry has no meaning.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    70
    Marko's story is far from novel, but its wicked evocation of hopelessness transcends any familiarities.
  5. Ristovski needs us to feel his nation's torment, and he succeeds.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    60
    Mr. Ristovski's story (written with Grace Lea Troje) feels a bit underdeveloped, partly because he uses too many lingering, silent shots of Marko and doesn't give the boy much of a voice.
  7. 50
    Ristovski wants the plight of a bullied moppet to serve as a sweeping metaphor for Macedonian struggle, but his miserablist excesses have the effect of converting realism into a graphic cartoon.
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    Drab, despairing and pointless.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 17, 2014
    10
    Come from Macedonia, not popular place for film, "Iluzija" or represented in English "Mirage", teach filmmaker how to create a powerfulCome from Macedonia, not popular place for film, "Iluzija" or represented in English "Mirage", teach filmmaker how to create a powerful heartbreaking drama without any crying scene inside. Strong from beginning until final scene succeeds describing a story about social life of pre-adolescent ; broken home, bullying, friendless, trust-crisis and hope. Full Review »
  2. Ron
    Mar 29, 2007
    10
    A relentlessly grim story that leads to a shockingly violent ending. Remarkable performance by the young newcomer Marko Kovacevic.
  3. MichaelB.
    Aug 27, 2006
    10
    Marko Kovacevic gives a great perf of this dark film which should become required viewing of teachers and parents.