Existenz (1999)

Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. At the center of the story is Allegra Geller whose latest games system eXistenZ taps… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 23, 1999
DVD Release Date: October 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gooey, slimy, grotesque fun.

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I just don't happen to like puzzle films of any kind, but I must credit Mr. Cronenberg with more intellectual depth than most of his fellow pessimistic movie pranksters.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Jennifer Jason Leigh is an ideal Cronenberg heroine, projecting a personality that is smart, wary and capable of obsessiveness.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It's a disturbing, disorienting sensation -- puzzles within puzzles, games within games -- that continues right up to the last shot.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Dark, delirious fun.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

[It's] meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.

Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Experienced gamers should find much to savor through the films unique assessments on the nature of reality.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

It's good art direction in search of an idea.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Matrix is mainstream sci-fi, but eXistenZ, written by Cronenberg, is much stranger; it creates a world where organic and inorganic are not separate states, but kind of chummy.

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Rob Gonsalves

[Cronenberg is] a laughing existentialist here, a philosopher who sees the comedy in disorientation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
My impression was that eXistenZ was a kinda flat movie version of a good original screenplay. Not great - but there is definitely some good stuff in here as… More
Chris Weber
Released right around the time as that famous mind bender The Matrix, this is David Cronenberg making something of a spiritual sequel to his earlier masterpiece… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Built on a gripping atmosphere of mystery, this is an intriguing sci-fi thriller that pulls us deeper and deeper into a highly strange universe that leaves us… More
paul oh
All hail Existenz! Its not Cronenberg's best but its a fun twisted watch.
Red Lats
It is not easy to guess what is coming in this movie. The premise is interesting - when does a game become so real that you have troubles distinguishing… More
Kevin M. Williams
No characters, no real story, only the layered platform for Cronenberg's question, namely: who are we if we continue to blur the lines between fantasy (in… More