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Fernando F. Croce
August 13, 2015
Cronenberg's deadpan techno-thriller lampoon
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 20, 2014
an intriguing and (by Cronenberg's standards, at least) fun movie
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
August 3, 2014
Cronenberg is so great at juxtaposing the surreal with the mundane to generate both creeps and (nervous) laughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
July 14, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine
July 7, 2014
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?
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 22, 2014
Scanners, for the most part, is unable to distinguish itself from other similarly-themed horror thrillers...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 5, 2007
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.

TV Guide
June 5, 2007
Ironside is fantastic as the lethal Revok, helping make this a popular cult favorite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 5, 2007
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.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
March 16, 2007
Excellent Cronenberg horror flick
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
Chuck O'Leary
February 20, 2006
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 25, 2004
An early masterpiece by David Cronenberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
March 8, 2004
Cronenberg's obsession with making the human insides visible begins here.
| Original Score: 1/5
Christopher Null
April 20, 2003
An absolute must-see cult classic for horror and sci-fi fans alike.
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
This relatively early work from Cronenberg shows all his signature stylistics in full bloom.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2003
The film is awkward and, at its worst, listless and meandering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
September 10, 2002
The narrative suffers from convolution (it is trademark science fiction -- deliberately paced, with technology infused with philosophy).
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