Ararat (2002)

A mother who only wants peace, a young woman who wants nothing but retribution, and a young man whose journey to uncover his roots is jeopardizing his future are estranged members of a contemporary Armenian family who face Turkey's… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: November 15, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Ararat radiates intelligence, its impact is diminished by an overly intricate plot and cerebral style.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Egoyan's movie is too complicated to sustain involvement, and, if you'll excuse a little critical heresy, too intellectually ambitious.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury 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.

Emanuel Levy

A disappointingly convoluted attempt to present the 1915 Armenian genocide through an intergenerational family melodrama.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

In a strange way, Egoyan has done too much. He's worked too hard on this movie.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Has the obsessiveness and audacity of a film that had to be made or its filmmaker would have combusted.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

Great idea. Execution poor enough to compare it to a Lifetime/VisionTV Movie of the Week.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Susan Stark
Detroit News

Only the most patient, sensitive and sensible of viewers will cut through the film's affectations and indulgences to come to the point.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Verges on the brilliant and is a much more interesting work than Egoyan's admirable but over-praised The Sweet Hereafter.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Brian R
Atom Egoyan is probably my fav filmmaker in cinema today. He is a man who is a master of telling complex, web weaving stories. His film "Ararat" is an… More
Eduardo C
It would have been simple enough to make a straightforward film about the Armenian genocide (the first genocide of the 20th century and the original holocaust).… More