Ivans Xtc
Ivans Xtc (2002)

Update on Leo Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich," set in contemporary Hollywood.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: June 7, 2002
DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News

A triumph, relentless and beautiful in its downbeat darkness.

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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune

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.

David Ehrenstein
New Times

Shot on High Definition video, this exceptionally well-made but exceedingly bleak peek at tinseltown would be unbearable were it not for the sympathetic performance of Danny Huston...

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

A committed, intelligent and fascinating piece of work with no irony about it.

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

To the degree that ivans xtc. works, it's thanks to Huston's revelatory performance.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A remarkable film by Bernard Rose.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's tough to watch, but it's a fantastic movie.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

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

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