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Altered States Reviews

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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 16, 2014
Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 29, 2013
Dynamite stylistic flourishes approximate the experience of taking mescaline with the Mad Hatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
July 23, 2010
As the proceedings briskly fly, the silliness of the entire endeavor becomes more readily apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 7, 2010
Visually dazzling loopy drug film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
January 25, 2006
William Hurt at his weirdest
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 2, 2005
Though deviating from Paddy Chayefsky's script (and novel), the reliably flamboyant Ken Russell made a spooky but engaging psycho-horror film about experimentation with human consciousness that deservedly received Oscar nods for sound and music.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
October 25, 2004
Very intense, very inner self, very self absorbed.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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