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



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In an attempt to discover what awaits us after death, med-school buddies Nelson Wright (Keifer Sutherland), Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts), Joe Hurley (William Baldwin), David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon), and Randy Steckle (Oliver Platt) concoct a plan to temporarily "flatline" themselves one at a time, stopping all brain activity, to briefly experience death before being resuscitated. A number of them are "killed" and brought back with vivid memories of their past, and the experiment is deemed a success. However, it seems as though they may have gotten more than they bargained for when their past literally comes back to haunt them.


Kiefer Sutherland
as Nelson Wright
Julia Roberts
as Rachel Mannus
Kevin Bacon
as David Labraccio
William Baldwin
as Joe Hurley
Oliver Platt
as Randy Steckle
Kimberly Scott
as Winnie Hicks
Joshua Rudoy
as Billy Mahoney
Benjamin Mouton
as Rachel's Father
Aeryk Egan
as Young Nelson
Kesha Reed
as Young Winnie
Jim Ortlieb
as Uncle Dave
John Joseph Duda
as Young Labraccio
Elinore O'Connell
as Rachel's Mother
Sanna Vraa
as Bridget
Patricia Belcher
as Edna, the Ward Nurse
Susan French
as Terminal Woman
Beth Grant
as Housewife
Cage S. Johnson
as Near-Death Patient
Evelina Fernandez
as Latin Woman
Miguel M. Delgado
as Latin Husband
Ingrid Oliu
as Latin Wife
Raymond Hanis
as Latin Orderly
Zoaunne LeRoy
as Waitress
Tom Kurlander
as Medical Student
John Duda
as Young Labraccio
Nili Levi
as Little Girl
Natsuko Ohama
as Professor
Megan Stewart
as Playground Kid
Tressa Thomas
as Playground Kid
Gonzo Gonzalez
as Playground Kid
Nicole Niblack
as Joe's Woman
Cynthia Bassham
as Joe's Woman
Sarabeth Tucek
as Joe's Woman
Ilona Margolis
as Joe's Woman
Julie Warner
as Joe's Woman
Iilana B'Tiste
as Joe's Woman
Deborah Torchio
as Joe's Woman
Deborah Goomas
as Joe's Woman
Michelle McKee
as Joe's Woman
Nancy Moran
as Joe's Woman
Dede Latinopoulos
as Joe's Woman
Jared Milmeister
as Young Nelson's Friend
Patrick Gleeson
as Young Nelson's Friend
John Fink
as Doctor
Ray Hanis
as Latin Orderly
Deborah Gooman
as Joe's Woman
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Critic Reviews for Flatliners

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (23)

  • Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon all bring conviction to these scenes, and William Baldwin, as the most irresponsible of the students, continues to suggest an electric screen presence that rivals his brother Alec.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Except for the performances by Roberts and Bacon, which occasionally redeem it, Flatliners is exasperating, a compelling concept unfulfilled.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • All I remember is that, just before I came to, there was a sudden burst of brightness. At last the movie was over, and someone had turned on the lights in the theater.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie's problem, like many others recently, is that it isn't any deeper, dramatically or psychologically, than its own trailer. It is the trailer: the long version.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It`s much to Schumacher's credit that Flatliners, for all of its crazy excess, does not turn into camp. Despite two or three bad laughs, the picture retains a basic conviction.

    Jul 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • We're supposed to think, ''Gee, will they make it back?!'' By the third or fourth close call, we're not exactly sweating.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Flatliners

  • 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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