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Adoration

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Canada

2009

Rated R • 1h 40m

Director Atom Egoyan

Starring Devon Bostick, Scott Speedman, Arsinée Khanjian, Rachel Blanchard

Genre Drama

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In this drama, high school student Simon pretends a news story about a terrorist plot is part of his own complicated family history — at the behest of his overzealous French teacher. When his tragic tale makes it to the internet, he faces both controversy and consequences.

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Los Angeles Times by

There is always a risk with having such a singular focus on a single theme; you might wake up to find the walls of that favored niche are closing in on you. And that is where we find Egoyan in Adoration.
88

USA Today by Claudia Puig

Moody, provocative and intellectually ambitious, Adoration is primed to elicit impassioned discussion among audiences.
70

Variety by Justin Chang

This ambitious think-piece ultimately smothers its good intentions in didactic revelations, earnest pleading and incessant violin music. Engrossing nonetheless, the story of a high schooler troubled by his parents' legacy reps one of the Canadian writer-director's most accessible efforts.
75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

Though there are moments when the drama turns into intellectual debate, the film is also emotional, moving with a fluid, mounting tension and moments of anguish and strange, startling humour.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Ray Bennett

Shot on beautifully utilized film but employing images vividly from the Internet and mobile phones, it's an examination of the power that false ideas may have on people's imagination and beliefs when they are repeated over and over.
90

The New York Times by Stephen Holden

A profound and provocative exploration of cultural inheritance, communications technology and the roots and morality of terrorism, the Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan nimbly wades into an ideological minefield without detonating an explosion.
63

Boston Globe by Ty Burr

Watching Adoration is like juggling three tennis balls, a porcupine, and a graduate thesis, but eventually it finds a unifying theme, that of tolerance melting away racial and intergenerational hatreds.