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High Life (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 2
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 616

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A handful of drug-addicted petty criminals discover their plan to pull off the perfect crime isn't quite perfect at all in this dark fusion of comedy and action from director Gary Yates. It's 1983, and Bug (Stephen Eric McIntyre) has just been released from prison. Bug meets up with his friend and former cellmate Dick (Timothy Olyphant), who is working as part of the cleaning crew at a hospital; it's Dick's first on-the-books job, and it provides him with a steady paycheck as well as an … More

Rating:
R (for drug use, pervasive language and some violence)
Genre:
Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Lee Macdougall , Gary Yates
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 16, 2010
Runtime:
Union Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for High Life

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

High Life is filled with surprising, artful flourishes.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The plot gets twisted but the direction by Yates never does. He finds the humour in a desperate situation. It's hard to hate or even despise Dick and his stooges, because you can sense how needy they are.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This witty film wins us over with its likeable-loser characters and twisty plot. It also has an intriguingly serious edge

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

So, finally, deciding whether or not to see this movie boils down to one simple thing. If you didn't see it on stage, chances are you'll have a good-enough time.

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
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Audience Reviews for High Life

Once again I notice the low rating from some people, but I personally really enjoyed this movie. I admit that I am a Tim Olyphant fan, so maybe I am a little biased. I dont think that is the case, though. I truly got a kick out of this movie. It is a black comedy, of sorts, so that makes me like it even more. All in all good flick.

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itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Probably the most unique role I've seen Timothy Olyphant do, and it worked pretty well. Not exactly a laugh-a-minute comedy, but it generally works as a heist gone wrong dramedy, appropriately set in the early 80s. At 80 minutes it never amounts to much, but I appreciated most of the dark sense of humor, and what seems to be a fairly realistic depiction of how addicts think.

3/5 Stars

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Jeffrey Meyers

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Brilliant failed heist movie. Ex con Olyphant and his buddies try to work out a violence free hijacking which fails miserably in every way. Superb story, great acting and the sense of humour made me laugh throughout.

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Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer

Wow I am truly shocked that this movie hasn't gotten more interest than it has. I am also rather shocked that it just came out on DVD and I had never heard about it until I looked up Timothy Olyphant's work. He is the reason I watched it but I did enjoy Rossif Sutherland in it. Quite a talented family them Sutherlands. You got Timothy trying to clean up his act...in a manner of speaking when you get past the drugs. Enter his friend/partner/ex -cell-mate who seems to be the bad influence. Next thing you know they are looking for the score of a lifetime to fuel their morphine habits and live "respectably". Everything goes wrong and there is a bit of a twist. It's a good small time caper movie as we've seen in the past with such films as "The Lookout" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It's really amazing the bad decisions that happen in this movie but it is a fun watch just to see how things will end up.

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Aurelius Duchtius

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High Life Quotes


Bug:
Just because you hit someone and they die, doesn't mean you killed them.
– Submitted by D. I (57 days ago)
Dick:
We need Donnie. We need his perfect little criminal mind.
– Submitted by D. I (2 months ago)

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