Altered States Reviews

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May 27, 2020
Exciting, powerful and frightening, this sci-fi action flick is a near-masterpeice.
August 22, 2019
Ken Russell's movie can be quickly forgotten. Many other horror movies arrive to our screens with more imagination and more modesty. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 19, 2018
A sensationalist head-trip, swirling us up in one man's desire to resurrect his "more primitive self," Altered States remains luridly intense.
August 16, 2014
It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight.
August 16, 2014
It's got Russell's trademark eccentricity (read: slight bonkers-ness) all over it, which you may take as a warning or a recommendation.
August 16, 2014
Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye.
August 16, 2014
Like much of Russell's work, Altered States is ostentatious and pretentious yet genuinely engaged with ideas and style.
August 16, 2014
No character -- including William Hurt in the central role -- is even vaguely likable, and the mawkish ending is a laugh. In the Russell tradition, there are brilliant flashes on an overwrought trip to nowhere.
August 16, 2014
It's by turns pseudo-analytical head-twister and skull-pounding monster romp, including glorious whip-crack dialogue.
May 29, 2013
Dynamite stylistic flourishes approximate the experience of taking mescaline with the Mad Hatter.
August 8, 2012
The film's too aggressively enjoyable to be completely dismissed, though the ending is risible -- I preferred it when this finale was later reconfigured and reused in a-ha's music video for "Take On Me."
July 15, 2012
Think of it as an extravagant and exhilarating, if over-the-top, piece of filmmaking that's silly, to be sure, but engrossing at the same time.
July 23, 2010
As the proceedings briskly fly, the silliness of the entire endeavor becomes more readily apparent.
July 7, 2010
Visually dazzling loopy drug film.
June 6, 2007
Direction by Ken Russell has energy to spare, with appropriate match-up of his baroque visual style to special effects intensive material.
June 6, 2007
[Director Russell] fails to bring any clarity to the silly affair.
June 6, 2007
There isn't a lucid moment in it (and much of the dialogue is rendered unintelligible by Russell's subversive direction), but it has dash, style, and good looks, as well as the funniest curtain line since Some Like It Hot.
December 8, 2006
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June 24, 2006
[Director] Russell's noisily grandiose swipe at psychedelia embellishes what is no more than the cosily familiar story of the obsessive Scientist Who Goes Too Far and Unwittingly Unleashes, etc.
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