The Exterminating Angels

Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
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  1. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    60
    One audaciously, endearingly ludicrous movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    Alternately provocative and highly silly, the film overcomes its more ludicrous aspects through its glossy visual style, its frequent doses of humor and the obvious associations it evokes to its creator's real-life experiences.
  3. 50
    Brisseau obviously aims to shock - and he does. Now shocking is A-OK with me - but only if it's part of a something bigger. Exterminating Angels is beautifully lensed and acted, but it lacks substance.
  4. The new movie, for all its huffing and puffing, explores very little, even if some of it is sexy in a Howard Stern-meets-"9 1?2Weeks" way.
  5. Soft porn for people who like to watch - and want to be punished for it.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    Leave it to the French to take the joy back out of sex. The high-minded erotic drama Exterminating Angels has heat but little light; it speaks of pleasure while treating it as a dirty word. The cast huffs and puffs but the exercise, sadly, remains academic.
  7. 50
    The film -- buoyed by its cast of excellent actors -- loses its momentum in the final half-hour when it starts to take itself too seriously.
  8. Unbelievably pretentious and a bit of a hoot but rarely boring.
  9. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    40
    As ambitious as this alleged art film may appear - the Bunuelian title proves to be more of a starting point than a true allusion - it lacks any introspection to illuminate the erotic subject matter. (Think Michael Bay attempting to remake "Y Tu Mama Tambien.")

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