Flatliners

1990, Sci-fi, 1h 51m

46 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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While it boasts an impressive cast, striking visuals, and an effective mood, Flatliners never quite jolts its story to life. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Seeking answers about the afterlife, Chicago medical student Nelson (Kiefer Sutherland) persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. Atheist David (Kevin Bacon), playboy Joe (William Baldwin) and troubled Rachel (Julia Roberts) also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

Cast & Crew

Julia Roberts
Rachel Mannus
Kevin Bacon
David Labraccio
Oliver Platt
Randy Steckle
Kimberly Scott
Winnie Hicks
Joshua Rudoy
Billy Mahoney
Benjamin Mouton
Rachel's Father
Hope Davis
Anne Coldren
Peter Filardi
Screenwriter
Peter Filardi
Executive Producer
Michael I. Rachmil
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
Jan de Bont
Cinematographer
Robert Brown
Film Editor
Eugenio Zanetti
Production Design
Jim Dultz
Art Direction
Anne Kuljian
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  • Jun 16, 2017
    "Med students explore to see what might lie beyond death" might be the advertisement, but what one gets is the old bait-and-switch. Instead of that exploration we get pseudo-Freudian analysis delivered by runway cute actors. What happens after death? One's perm still looks good, baby ... and Zoolander pout. Filmed in Chicago.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2015
    Far from Schumacher's worst film, and one that proves to be watchable. Kevin Bacon is certainly the best piece of this puzzle. Flatliners may from having a far stronger concept than execution, and the script is riddled with weaknesses, but it's not BAD, it's just not all that good. A middle of the road, okay-ish, tame sci-fi come horror/thriller.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2012
    Spooky, creepy and well-acted thriller, also has amazing cinematography and haunting images and music. Every images from the four lead's dreams coming to life are haunting, creepy, smart and sometimes very violent. Joel Schumacher did an amazing job with the direction, he casted an perfect ensemble and made an intense and interesting movie, but hands down, the cinematography is beautiful, so if you like to be thrilled, this is your movie.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2012
    A film made me cry is a good film, despite being horror based, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Resurrection requires a sacrifice, the film detailed the conscience of all man kind, and how we need to be able to deal with them in order to live on. Quite a good film for adult audience.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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