Ararat
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Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan explores his Armenian heritage, and how the country's tragic history has touched several generations of the nation's expatriates, in this ambitious drama. Edward Saroyan (Charles Aznavour), a veteran filmmaker of Armenian descent, is in Toronto shooting a film about the Siege of Van, in which invading Ottoman armies forced the evacuation of Armenian communities in 1915, leading to the genocide of over a million Armenian people at the hands of Turkish troops. Twenty-one-year-old Raffi (David Alpay) has been sent to Turkey to shoot background footage for… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Egoyan's movie is too complicated to sustain involvement, and, if you'll excuse a little critical heresy, too intellectually ambitious."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Given the convoluted approach -- and tongue-tied delivery -- we're left to conclude that Egoyan's emotions got the better of him this time."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"A disappointingly convoluted attempt to present the 1915 Armenian genocide through an intergenerational family melodrama."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[Egoyan is] so careful telling the story of the genocide that much of the film feels cold and didactic, like watching a slide show in a lecture hall."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"The movie's flaws ring of underconfidence, as if Egoyan intellectualised its parts until he ended up draining them of power."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"In a strange way, Egoyan has done too much. He's worked too hard on this movie."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Has the obsessiveness and audacity of a film that had to be made or its filmmaker would have combusted."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Great idea. Execution poor enough to compare it to a Lifetime/VisionTV Movie of the Week."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"One of Egoyan's great pics that in time will grow in stature."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's not easy to shake or dismiss."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"It's a deeply serious movie that cares passionately about its subject, but too often becomes ponderous in its teaching of history, or lost in the intricate connections and multiple timelines of its story."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Only the most patient, sensitive and sensible of viewers will cut through the film's affectations and indulgences to come to the point."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Verges on the brilliant and is a much more interesting work than Egoyan's admirable but over-praised The Sweet Hereafter."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Although not an easy film to follow, I found 'Ararat' worthy of close attention."
‑ Betty Jo Tucker, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Exploring the fluid nature of history ... [is] a fascinating conceit, but one Egoyan has trouble executing."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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