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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A triumph, relentless and beautiful in its downbeat darkness."
‑ Tom Sime, Dallas Morning News
"I have no way of knowing exactly how much is exaggeration, but I've got a creepy feeling that the film is closer to the mark than I want to believe."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"The fascination comes in the power of the Huston performance, which seems so larger than life and yet so fragile, and in the way the Ivan character accepts the news of his illness so quickly but still finds himself unable to react."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Huston nails both the glad-handing and the choking sense of hollow despair."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A directorial tour de force by Bernard Rose, ivans xtc. is one of this year's very best pictures."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"A committed, intelligent and fascinating piece of work with no irony about it."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"To the degree that ivans xtc. works, it's thanks to Huston's revelatory performance."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"It's hard to say who might enjoy this, are there Tolstoy groupies out there? It's dark and tragic, and lets the business of the greedy talent agents get in the way of saying something meaningful about facing death"
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"Captivates as it shows excess in business and pleasure, allowing us to find the small, human moments, and leaving off with a grand whimper."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"A substantial and affecting piece of work."
‑ Kim Newman, Sight and Sound
"A remarkable film by Bernard Rose."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's tough to watch, but it's a fantastic movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"It gets onto the screen just about as much of the novella as one could reasonably expect, and is engrossing and moving in its own right."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"(Danny Huston gives) an astounding performance that deftly, gradually reveals a real human soul buried beneath a spellbinding serpent's smirk."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"A powerful, chilling, and affecting study of one man's dying fall."
‑ Neil Smith, BBC.com
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