Mysterious Skin

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73

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8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 100 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the acclaimed novel by Scott Heim, Mysterious Skin explores the hearts and minds of two very different boys who come to find the key to their future happiness lies in the exorcism of their collective demons. (Tartan Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. This thoughtful, troubling drama is leagues above the sensationalistic stuff Araki peddled in earlier films.
  2. 88
    At once the most harrowing and, strangely, the most touching film I have seen about child abuse.
  3. 80
    With remarkable directness and composure, it shatters the myth of childhood innocence and the deathless taboo of prepubescent sexuality.
  4. Unlike Todd Solondz's "Happiness," Mysterious Skin is not an abuse movie that seeks to offend or upset.
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    70
    By turns spiky and lyrical, this unsettling drama will be anathema to many audiences, but is bound to be a provocative, talked-about release.
  6. 70
    Mysterious Skin isn't a picture about existential vacancy; it isn't even about anything so simplistic as the horrors of child abuse. It's more of a meditation on the necessity of making your way past, or through, any obstacle that prevents you from being a thinking, feeling person.
  7. Had Araki chosen to illuminate, rather than exploit, the traumatic aftermath of child molestation, his wallow in the horrors of Mysterious Skin might have had a purpose. As it stands, his film is just another trashy look at America as the land of imbecilic perverts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 40
  2. Negative: 4 out of 40
  1. Rob
    Oct 28, 2005
    10
    This film was a surprisingly faithful adaptation to Scott Heim's controversial novel. If anything, Araki has improved upon the This film was a surprisingly faithful adaptation to Scott Heim's controversial novel. If anything, Araki has improved upon the novel's slightly ametuerish writing while still capturing the same plot. Another surprising part of this film was how Araki changed the character of Eric from a melodramatic character, to a comedic one, supplyign an amusing balance to the film. Expand
  2. SiriusC.
    Aug 2, 2007
    10
    This movie was the best depiction on child abuse I've ever seen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is amazing. The matter in focus is the most This movie was the best depiction on child abuse I've ever seen. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is amazing. The matter in focus is the most delicate subject you can ever put into live pictures, and yet, Gregg Araki manage to put in two seperate storylines, which in the end, connects. Expand
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    10
    People can't face the truth. Araki didn't create the alien idea. It is 0% fictional. Maybe the most incredible story of the last 10 years. ThePeople can't face the truth. Araki didn't create the alien idea. It is 0% fictional. Maybe the most incredible story of the last 10 years. The movie is perfect on itself. Expand
  4. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    Shocking, simply shocking! Granted any intelligent viewer would have anticipated the denouement long before it was revealed, still through theShocking, simply shocking! Granted any intelligent viewer would have anticipated the denouement long before it was revealed, still through the masterful work of the director you are held spellbound! wow! Expand
  5. May 23, 2016
    8
    I guess most people would find this movie too disturbing, but I think it is just right. It makes you uncomfortable but you just can't turn itI guess most people would find this movie too disturbing, but I think it is just right. It makes you uncomfortable but you just can't turn it off, it is captivating.

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  6. Rich
    Oct 28, 2005
    8
    Awesome yet disturbing movie See it!
  7. GaborA.
    Aug 15, 2006
    0
    I never walk out of movies. I'll suffer through anything to criticize it afterwards and warn others. That was until I tried to watch I never walk out of movies. I'll suffer through anything to criticize it afterwards and warn others. That was until I tried to watch this movie. Utterly unwatchable. Expand

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