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Adoration

R Released May 8, 2009 1h 40m Drama List
63% Tomatometer 103 Reviews 49% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A straightforward translation assignment in a high school French class leads to unexpected drama for Simon (Devon Bostick), an imaginative Canadian student, and his teacher, Sabine (Arsinée Khanjian). The son of a Palestinian father, Simon takes an article about a terrorist plot and weaves it into his own tragic family history. Encouraged by Sabine, Simon passes the tale off as a true story -- but the ramifications of this action, which end up online, deliver surprising results. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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A complex and thought-provoking work, Atom Egoyan's Adoration works well as both mystery and engaging drama.

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Alan Morrison Empire Magazine Without the constrictions of an adapted text, Egoyan's creativity turns towards intellectual exercise. Rated: 2/5 Feb 2, 2010 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out Unfortunately the elaborately unspooled plot delivering these ideas in dramatic form is so scraggy and effortful it defeats the cast and rather compromises our involvement. Rated: 3/5 Feb 2, 2010 Full Review Wendy Ide Times (UK) The most positive thing you can say about Atom Egoyan's latest film is that it is well-intentioned. But the most honest thing that you can say is that it's a painfully misguided and pretentious folly. Rated: 2/5 Feb 2, 2010 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter This is a real treat for fans of early Egoyan films like Next of Kin or Speaking Parts. Jun 18, 2020 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Times Adoration is a triumph, a provocative work about terror in the world and in people's hearts. Rated: 4/5 Dec 6, 2018 Full Review Brigit Grant Daily Express (UK) Clearly fascinated by the power of new technology and the fact that anyone is able to broadcast their thoughts, Egoyan has made an engrossing movie with an intriguing, original plot. Rated: 4/5 Aug 23, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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John A Not nearly as searing as a tenured Egoyan viewer would rightfully expect. 'Adoration' is by no means a truly bad or boring film. Its just remarkably pale and is almost on the made-for-television level of writing and directing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review dave s Like so many of Atom Egoyan's other films, Adoration is a complex story filled with complicated themes. Centered around ideas concerning identity, it tells the story of a wildly imaginative high school student who combines his own personal story with that of an article about a thwarted terrorist bombing in the Middle East, leading to unexpected revelations. The story itself if fascinating, Egoyan's direction is, as always, fantastic (the slow tracking shots are great) and Devon Bostick gives a strong performance in the lead role, but the film ultimately falters due to some horrific acting by the remainder of the cast, some awkward dialogue and an often confusing non-linear presentation of scenes. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Had the look & feel of one of those cheesy-made-for-TV Lifetime movies. Even with the fairly controversial, heavy themes this movie explores I found it pretty insipid. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Not your typical drama and at times difficult to follow, but very well done and interesting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member So Will There Be A Part Two? ..Where The Daughters Of The New Fathers Do A Swap 20-Years Later? Or Is That Too Politically Incorrect?? ...An Interesting, And Moralistic Deplorable Drama All At The Same Time. But Leaves One Feeling Very Jaded About 'Motherly' Love..The Witches Brew A Spinster Doth Create. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member An exquisite chronicle about a story that is so intense that the mystery of the characters and the tale itself become captivating for every second of production. Cinematography is deliciously beautiful creating an ambiance that is deeply penetrating for the eye. Actors absorb the passion and bring it out in their human spirit in front of the camera making this a must see film. Nibbles: Cornflakes. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A straightforward translation assignment in a high school French class leads to unexpected drama for Simon (Devon Bostick), an imaginative Canadian student, and his teacher, Sabine (Arsinée Khanjian). The son of a Palestinian father, Simon takes an article about a terrorist plot and weaves it into his own tragic family history. Encouraged by Sabine, Simon passes the tale off as a true story -- but the ramifications of this action, which end up online, deliver surprising results.
Director
Atom Egoyan
Producer
Atom Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss
Screenwriter
Atom Egoyan
Distributor
Sony Pictures Classics
Production Co
Serendipity Point Films
Rating
R (Language)
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
May 8, 2009, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 27, 2009
Box Office (Gross USA)
$293.6K
Runtime
1h 40m
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