Altered States Reviews

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May 27, 2020
Exciting, powerful and frightening, this sci-fi action flick is a near-masterpeice.
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.
August 16, 2014
Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye.
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
It's by turns pseudo-analytical head-twister and skull-pounding monster romp, including glorious whip-crack dialogue.
May 29, 2013
Dynamite stylistic flourishes approximate the experience of taking mescaline with the Mad Hatter.
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.
July 7, 2010
Visually dazzling loopy drug film.
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.
December 8, 2006
December 6, 2006
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
September 23, 2005
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.
March 24, 2005
March 18, 2005
trippy
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