Adam Resurrected
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Author Yoram Kaniuk's celebrated 1971 novel concerning a charismatic yet questionably sane Holocaust survivor comes to the screen in this dark drama starring Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, and Derek Jacobi. In the years before World War II, Adam Stein (Goldblum) was a Berlin entertainer who thrilled audiences with extravagant circus acts and spectacular magic tricks. Later, when Hitler took power and Europe was plunged into chaos, Stein and his family were locked away in a concentration camp presided over by the sadistic Commandant Klein (Dafoe). The only reason Stein survived those dreadful… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In a less competitive year, Jeff Goldblum would have had a shot at an Oscar nod."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Savage gallows humor might have substituted for pathos. But Adam Resurrected feels so detached that there is not a laugh, nor even a wicked smirk of nihilistic glee, to be gleaned."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Director Paul Schrader is too removed from the powerful emotions roiling through the film, but it may be the only way to handle the horrors he's forced to confront."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Goldblum gives a powerful performance in this film. His is one of the best performances by any actor in any film released in 2008."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"For all the nightmarish scenes conceived as a creepy cross between Burroughs and Weisel, we don't receive the cathartic satisfaction typically related to the dramatization of Jewish tragedy."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"One cannot recommend this film strongly enough."
‑ F.X. Feeney, L.A. Weekly
"Even when it flies off the rails deep into its third act, Resurrected remains strangely hypnotic."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"The ending throws away the complexity that makes the rest of the movie so interesting"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Inexplicable, eclectic and esoteric, it's a sardonic turn-off to a mainstream audience."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"It seems to have been written in a tone of magical realism, but the director is Paul Schrader, a filmmaker who has many talents, but no feel for whimsy, let alone magic."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A semi-unbearable attempt at profundity set in a mental institution 15 years after WWII."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The director's absent conviction fails to make the film's absurdities tragic, and instead comes close to rendering its tragedies absurd."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"A well-acted, sporadically intriguing drama that has a few poignant moments...but its convoluted, unfocused plot fails to pack an emotional wallop as a whole."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Grapples with important themes and is expertly made, but is simply too odd and off-putting to be anything more than an almost grotesque curiosity."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The conclusion of the film conveys a sense of moderate relief over life-altering transformation, shortchanging the miracle Goldblum is working overtime to achieve."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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