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Mysterious Skin Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Ray Bennett

    Dull film about pedophilia that fails to shed any light on the topic.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    An absorbing story. Even though it takes you to places you may not want to go, the film never loses its human touch--that feel of skin on skin or of the past inescapably invading the present.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Mysterious Skin dawdles more than it flows, but it comes alive whenever Araki, hovering between tragedy and voyeurism, reveals how sex can tear lives to pieces.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    At once the most harrowing and, strangely, the most touching film I have seen about child abuse.

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