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Altered States Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 16, 2014
It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
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
Alan Jones
Radio Times
August 16, 2014
Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jon Fortgang
August 16, 2014
Like much of Russell's work, Altered States is ostentatious and pretentious yet genuinely engaged with ideas and style.

Total Film
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
Simon Miraudo
May 29, 2013
Dynamite stylistic flourishes approximate the experience of taking mescaline with the Mad Hatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Visually dazzling loopy drug film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Variety Staff
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Cole Smithey
December 8, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 6, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jennifer Selway
Time Out
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.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 25, 2006
William Hurt at his weirdest
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
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-
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 24, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
March 18, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Very intense, very inner self, very self absorbed.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
I was overwhelmed, I was caught up in its headlong energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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