Strange Days Reviews

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Jack Kroll
January 18, 2013
Director Kathryn Bigelow comes closer than any other filmmaker to turning movies into a virtual reality trip.
Cole Smithey
May 7, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Strange Days" owes a debt to Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom," the film that ruined his storied career.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 16, 2007
[Bigelow] with the help of her talented cast, constantly wrestles against the script, and for a great deal of time, she appears to be winning.
Emanuel Levy
December 2, 2006
Set in LA at the end of the century, this morality tales showed again the main problem in the director's work: The great divide between simlistic plots and technical sophistication. Even so, it's one of a kind for its use of color, sound and motion
| Original Score: B
Matthew Turner
July 1, 2005
Engaging, genuinely thrilling sci-fi. Enough to make you wish Bigelow made a movie a year.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 18, 2004
A thrilling and thought-provoking sci-fi mystery.
| Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
January 31, 2004
A premissa é bastante interessante, mas o roteiro se perde em meio a uma infinidade de subtramas dispensáveis.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
January 13, 2004
An ambitious, unsettling, and effective work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
"Strange Days" is an ultimately heartless movie, all sheen and surface. It is an attenuated supermodel of a film, hip and beautiful and startlingly empty.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Once the premise has lost its promise, and Fiennes's brave attempts at characterization are sacrificed to pseudo-dazzle, everything appears awfully humdrum and, yes, distinctly dated.
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
August 16, 2001
Ralph Fiennes is the perfect sleazebag, while Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis provide good support.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
Undeniably thrilling and troubling.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Though the creators of Strange Days may well be interested in its dramatic and thematic elements, they do not have the same touch for these moments as they do for camera pyrotechnics.
Scott Rosenberg
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
An ambitious but ultimately disappointing attempt to assemble the latest in fringe-culture byproducts ... into a Hollywood package.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Bigelow is so enamored of high-tech thrills, and so mesmerized by the violence she seeks to condemn, that her efforts at 11th-hour moralizing seem limp and halfhearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
After awhile Strange Days becomes merely a predictable parade of senses-assaulting indignities with a surprisingly conventional, by-the-numbers story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
It's a wildly messed-up, unwieldy, 145-minute movie designed specifically for those audiences who the filmmakers believe haven't been brutalized or quite desensitized enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
The early promise of the film gives way to exploitation; satire mutates into drivel.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's fascinating the way Bigelow is able to suggest so much of VR's impact (and dangers) within a movie - a form of VR that's a century old.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Little more than two-and-a-half hours of enjoyable action, futuristic gadgetry and characters perennially on the brink of being compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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