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Director Atom Egoyan explores the concept of cyberspace as a place for redemption in this drama about an adolescent boy named Simon (Devon Bostick) who reinvents his life on the Internet. Before long, Simon's deeply personal journey provokes strong reactions from around the globe. Rachel Blanchard and Scott Speedman co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately the elaborately unspooled plot delivering these ideas in dramatic form is so scraggy and effortful it defeats the cast and rather compromises our involvement."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Egoyan is nothing if not low key; and as dramatic as passages are here, he keeps the tone under control and the story believable."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"In Egoyanland it's always winter, but that can be reassuring."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Though Egoyan, as usual, frequently strains credibility he at least manages to weave all of this into a fairly absorbing detective story that explores the roots and damaging implications of prejudice with unexpected grace."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"A pretty fatuous equivalence, made much more implausible by the clotted structure, some wince-makingly unconvincing scenes and truly terrible acting."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A gimmicky, sad and beautifully acted mystery that keeps its secrets even when it loses its grasp of the logical."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Bostick turns in a quietly mesmerizing performance, capturing Simon's sense of loss without slipping into pathos."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Uneven enigmatic social drama that's framed like an imaginative mystery story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Without the constrictions of an adapted text, Egoyan's creativity turns towards intellectual exercise."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Atom Egoyan is up to his old tricks with this fractured, elusive drama, resembling but never measuring up to the ones which launched his career."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"After a promising start, this ambitious but ultimately clunky and unwieldy movie dissolves into a pile of ideas in dire need of dramatization."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"In Atom Egoyan's disconcerting and unpredictable Adoration, a young man's attempt to make sense of himself and his family's history turns strange when his re-imagined version of that history becomes a combustible topic for online chatter."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"A chilly intellectualism sucks the dramatic life out of Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan's Adoration."
‑ Simon Foster,
"The most positive thing you can say about Atom Egoyan's latest film is that it is well-intentioned. But the most honest thing that you can say is that it's a painfully misguided and pretentious folly."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Populated with rich, complex characters, Adoration's impressive array of ideas is matched by its visual beauty and narrative ingenuity."
‑ Jason Wood, Little White Lies
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