Mysterious Skin
Mysterious Skin (2005)

"The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours, lost, gone without a trace..." These are the words of Brian Lackey, a troubled 18-year-old, growing up in the stiflingly small town of Hutchinson,… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: October 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bold performances and sensitive, spot-on direction make watching this difficult tale of trauma and abuse a thought-provoking, resonant experience.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Gone is the gloomy nihilism of The Doom Generation and The Living End, replaced by a melancholy, but hopeful, affection toward people with the capacity to overcome tremendous psychological trauma.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Manages to deal with its raw, awful subject matter in ways that are both challenging and illuminating.

Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

Contains a few flat notes of community participation, but Araki locates all the necessary surges of hopelessness and misguided desire, ending victorious in his quest to adapt Scott Heim's provocative novel.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Araki's best film in a long time.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

This is a challenging and ultimately moving film that deserves to find a like-minded audience.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

By exploring the taboo topic of paedophilia in a humanist manner that avoids sensationalising or heavy-handed verdicts, Araki's eloquent, sensitive film actually presents an indictment far stronger than any moral grandstander ever could.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

The audience has gotten the point roughly 90 minutes before the characters do.

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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

[...] For a movie about something as painful as child sexual abuse, Mysterious Skin doesn't repel. There's an allure to the images, which are as carefully posed and framed as figures in a softly illuminated dollhouse.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a bizarre, beguiling coming-of-age drama

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A college freshman who believes he was abducted by aliens searches for his old Little League teammate, now a male prostitute, thinking he holds the clue to the… More
paul oh
I was completely taken from the story. It was already inferred from the first 5 minutes but leaves such a large trail of "what really happened"… More
Alex roy
Mysterious Skin has an interesting idea for its plot, and frankly is a pretty disturbing film. The film has an engaging story and a good cast. At the center of… More
Steven Carrier
"Mysterious Skin" is Gregg Araki's most accomplished and polished film. Granted, this is extremely difficult material and Araki is still working… More
Dead Angel
Honestly speaking, I did not expected what I have seen in this movie. I did not read the story line because I like surprise. I just look at the genre and… More
Elvira B
<p>Two 18 year old boys from Kansas struggle to carry on with their lives after a traumatic experience in their childhood. They don't have anything… More

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