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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Dependably -- even exhilaratingly -- bizarre. Its strangeness, which borders cheerfully on the ridiculous, is its most enjoyable feature.