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Altered States Reviews

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July 23, 2010
As the proceedings briskly fly, the silliness of the entire endeavor becomes more readily apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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
March 10, 2003
An uneasy blend of the extreme visuals of director Ken Russell and the bloated dramaturgy of writer Paddy Chayefsky.
June 6, 2007
[Director Russell] fails to bring any clarity to the silly affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
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.
May 29, 2013
Dynamite stylistic flourishes approximate the experience of taking mescaline with the Mad Hatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 19, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2004
I was overwhelmed, I was caught up in its headlong energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 16, 2014
Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
November 7, 2002
Altered States is much more a film of image and idea than narrative or character, but they're pretty compelling images and ideas, and Hurt is great.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 25, 2002
Trippy, odd and more than a mite inaccessible, but you sure as heck won't be bored.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
December 8, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
August 16, 2014
Like much of Russell's work, Altered States is ostentatious and pretentious yet genuinely engaged with ideas and style.
February 3, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2004
Altered States explores the human drive to leave the body behind, to be born again, and to experience in the mind things that were once thought divine.
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