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Scanners Reviews

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

The generous selection of bonus features includes vintage elements, like a trailer made up almost entirely of the exploding-head scene, a handful of radio spots, and a 1981 talk-show appearance in which Cronenberg discusses his work up to that point.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

July 14, 2014
Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine

Scanners consolidates the ruling problematic of the Cronenberg project from the sex slugs of Shivers to the financial abstractions of Cosmopolis: what are the effects of signals on an organism?

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 7, 2014
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Scanners, for the most part, is unable to distinguish itself from other similarly-themed horror thrillers...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2014
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Like Tod Browning, Cronenberg doesn't have the stylistic resources to match the forcefulness of his ideas, but his movies remain in the mind for the pull of their private obsessions.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 5, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ironside is fantastic as the lethal Revok, helping make this a popular cult favorite.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 5, 2007

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All this should give fans of David Cronenberg's previous pix their money's worth, although lack of any rooting interest vitiates any possible suspense and highly elegant visual style works against much shock value.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 5, 2007
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

Excellent Cronenberg horror flick

| Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Part conspiracy thriller, part political tract, it is Cronenberg's most coherent movie to date, drawing a dark (but bland) world in which corporate executives engineer human conception to produce ever more powerful mental samurai.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Chuck O'Leary

A mind-blowing telekinesis thriller that immediately put Michael Ironside on the map as one of the most intense actors around.

| Original Score: 7/10

February 20, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An early masterpiece by David Cronenberg.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

October 25, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Scanners is so lockstep that we are basically reduced to watching the special effects, which are good but curiously abstract, because we don't much care about the people they're happening around.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

October 23, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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The quality of the film's inventiveness is not always of the first order, which is too bad because Mr. Cronenberg does seem to be a director-writer of some style.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 30, 2004
Jake Euker

Cronenberg's obsession with making the human insides visible begins here.

| Original Score: 1/5

March 8, 2004
Christopher Null

An absolute must-see cult classic for horror and sci-fi fans alike.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

April 20, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

This relatively early work from Cronenberg shows all his signature stylistics in full bloom.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle

March 10, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The film is awkward and, at its worst, listless and meandering.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 1/4

March 9, 2003
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

The narrative suffers from convolution (it is trademark science fiction -- deliberately paced, with technology infused with philosophy).

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

September 10, 2002
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's all lightweight entertainment, but this one is a real gasser and is the Scanners pic to see.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 1, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Great disturbing horror from Cronenberg

| Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2002
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

It's just too bad there isn't more substance between these unforgettable opening and closing sequences.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 76/100

September 11, 2001
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