Under the Skin Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 5, 2015
Minds will be blown to the four winds. And - fair warning - a percentage of American ticket buyers may find themselves exasperated and/or exiting early.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
January 5, 2015
The premise is intriguing and it's only the possibility that something might come of it that keeps your attention, but that attention is never rewarded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Oursler
Under the Radar
January 5, 2015
A visionary, thought-provoking sci-fi masterpiece ...
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Mal Vincent
The Virginian-Pilot
January 5, 2015
There is a relentless quality about it that keeps you going. It's the kind of "art" film that reminds one of Roman Polanski's "Repulsion."
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
January 5, 2015
Under the Skin is exactly where it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader
January 5, 2015
Glacial in pace, skeletal in plot, and generally nasty, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is a repetitive nightmare of drear and dread punctuated by moments of queasy-making horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Craig Mathieson
The Age (Australia)
January 5, 2015
With a soundtrack of grinding frequencies and uneasy point-of-view camera shots, the everyday becomes otherworldly.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michelle Orange
sbs.com.au
January 5, 2015
Under the Skin manages to fulfill the promise of its prologue, burrowing under the viewer's skin without pretense, or the benefit of Laura's bedside manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
January 5, 2015
We do learn a little about ourselves by the conclusion, but when it came to holding my attention for the duration of a feature-length film, I found the experience far too alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 5, 2015
There's an eerie brilliance and a haunting beauty to "Under the Skin," writer-director Jonathan Glazer's beyond-strange exploration of what it means to be human - seen from an outside perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
January 5, 2015
The exquisitely odd "Under the Skin" feels like a really ambitious student film. That has nothing to do with its quality.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 5, 2015
It's admirable that Johansson should be so willing to go off the Hollywood grid, but the truth is, "Under the Skin" would have been a lot better if it wasn't so excruciatingly arty.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
January 5, 2015
Nearly wordless and devoid of comforting context, and driven by composer Mica Levi's haunting and discordant score, Under the Skin will drill deep and lay eggs in your brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
January 5, 2015
Like Johansson's unearthly visitor, the film loses its way occasionally, but it's an experience you'll not forget in a hurry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 5, 2015
As the movie guesses at her, wants her, is repelled by her, and cannot fathom her, you are left to figure out your own position, under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Anthony O'Connor
FILMINK (Australia)
January 5, 2015
The good news is that Under The Skin does indeed break out of its own formula. The bad news is that it does so in a way that seems to delight in obfuscating its message, and is wilfully, gleefully impenetrable.
Full Review | Original Score: 15/20
Glenn Sumi
NOW Toronto
January 5, 2015
This one will haunt you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
January 5, 2015
Glazer continues to bat 1.000, which is both good and bad. Good because he makes amazing films, bad because he's only made three in 14 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
January 5, 2015
Under the Skin is one of those unforgettable movies that promises to stay with you long after the end credits have rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]
January 5, 2015
This is an intelligent and classy film, part sci-fi, part horror and part thriller that shows just how good an actress Johansson can be when given the chance.
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