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Altered States Reviews

August 16, 2014
It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight.
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
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.
October 23, 2004
I was overwhelmed, I was caught up in its headlong energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 30, 2004
Dependably -- even exhilaratingly -- bizarre. Its strangeness, which borders cheerfully on the ridiculous, is its most enjoyable feature.