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eXistenZ

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Canada, United Kingdom, France

1999

Rated R • 1h 37m

Director David Cronenberg

Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Eccleston, Jude Law, Ian Holm

Genre Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, Horror

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Embarking on a strange adventure where reality and the virtual are inextricably linked, a young bodyguard, Ted Pikul, must play an enigmatic and bodily-intrusive video game called ExistenZ in order to determine whether or not the only known copy in the world has been damaged by assassins.

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Film Threat by

Dead-on for Cronenberg fans though the mutant reptile and amphibian factory might be a tad(pole) too much for the squeamish at heart.
30

Slate by David Edelstein

The performances are so terrible that it's hard to know whether Cronenberg wants to signal that much of what we're seeing isn't "real" or he has just forgotten how to write for hemoglobular flesh vessels--i.e., human beings.
60

The New York Times by Elvis Mitchell

Its name, the film's title, is pronounced "eggs is tense" and meant to have a whiff of the philosophical, even if its intellectual ambition seems mostly limited to spelling affectations.
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ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Because of the potential of the idea and Cronenberg's reputation as a film maker, it's a real disappointment to watch eXistenZ fall apart the way it does.
90

Film Threat by Ron Wells

This is not light-hearted entertainment. Be prepared to think. Uncle Dave will take you someplace new.
30

Washington Post by Stephen Hunter

Crazy? Crazy is too mild a word by far to describe the twisted worm at play inside the skull of the Canadian director David Cronenberg -- And that craziness is given full vent in the vomitorium called eXistenZ.

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