A Scanner Darkly Reviews

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling
March 5, 2014
It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 19, 2014
I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 20, 2011
...not for everyone. It's a complicated film that requires patience and, most likely, subsequent viewings to appreciate the jigsaw view of control and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
In the end, it offers only the slightest of answers and the slimmest of hopes, because that is often all life offers as well. Whether anyone grasps that hope it leaves open for the audience to determine.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 19, 2010
Trippy rotoscoping is the perfect aqueous aesthetic. Unlike many Philip K. Dick adapters exchanging existentialism for explosions, Richard Linklater focuses on Dick's apprehensions about the trust, joy and freedoms at risk for the sake of progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
July 6, 2010
Not nearly as coherent, cinematic or fulfilling as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
July 6, 2010
The message is clear and the animation creates a world unlike any other in film, making A Scanner Darkly an easy addition to the must-see list of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Ponders the inherent doom of Slacker transgressors
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Such a brutally gut wrenching disappointment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Like many of Dick's parallel-mirror scenarios, this one is air-tight and diabolical. More fresh air in the form of Linklater's humor would be welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
A Scanner Darkly is capable of inducing euphoria if viewers focus on one element of splendor--the acting, concept, dialogue or animation--per viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The painted, slightly disorienting look is a good match for the sinister, seriocomic, drug-addled world of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
Too talkie to be legitimately entertaining, too dark to be wholly enjoyable and too muddled to be entirely comprehensible, A Scanner Darkly stands as a creative, if unengaging interpretation of its source materia
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
August 13, 2007
Linklater may have admired the novel -- I do, too -- but that doesn't necessarily make him the ideal director for this material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
a trippy movie that doesn't make it easy for the audience to follow. The story is complex and confusing and theanimation keeps the viewer from entering the tale emotionally or intellectually.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Relentlessly interesting to watch if somewhat less than compelling as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Anton Bitel
Film4
June 13, 2007
this dystopian paranoid thriller tracks addiction in all its highs and lows, and offers a dignified elegy for its misguided casualties.
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
May 2, 2007
The movie isn't for those seeking a run-of-the-mill Hollywood film and it can't be viewed with a trace of passivity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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