Adam Resurrected
Adam Resurrected (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 12, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Such an unusual tale might have made for a compelling drama, but Adam Resurrected suffers from narrative confusion and an emotional detachment at its core.

Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

In a less competitive year, Jeff Goldblum would have had a shot at an Oscar nod.

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Stephen Holden
New York 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.

Sean Axmaker

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.

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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly

One cannot recommend this film strongly enough.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Even when it flies off the rails deep into its third act, Resurrected remains strangely hypnotic.

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Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

The ending throws away the complexity that makes the rest of the movie so interesting

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A semi-unbearable attempt at profundity set in a mental institution 15 years after WWII.

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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

This is the rare film that is memorable, affecting, and bad.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Probably intended as a brave attempt of countering the horrors of WW2 concentration camps with black humor, this does simply not work on any level. The scenes… More
William Goss
Goldblum proves utterly fascinating in this otherwise bizarre post-Holocaust melodrama.
Walter M.
"Adam Resurrected" starts in Tel Aviv in 1961 where the men in the white suits with butterfly nets come to take Adam Stein(Jeff Goldblum) away to the… More
Eduardo C
A gutless screenplay doesn't quite mar what is a genuinely interesting subject matter. Yes, the film is plagued with tonal inconsistencies and often… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Adam Resurrected is, without question, the strangest Holocaust themed film I have seen, and likely will see. Based on a novel, the film follows Adam Stein, a… More