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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
August 16, 2016
'90s thriller about near-death experiences is very violent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 1, 2013
Flatliners is moderately entertaining hocum at times, when it doesn't reach too far. Roberts is the best of the adequate bunch -- only her fans should make this a must-see.
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
July 1, 2013
Schumacher puts more flash than flesh on the story, but still manages to deliver the expected chills with cool efficiency as the students' extracurricular experiments take a sinister turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2013
Except for the performances by Roberts and Bacon, which occasionally redeem it, Flatliners is exasperating, a compelling concept unfulfilled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 1, 2013
Young medical students intentionally kill and resuscitate each other, thereby gaining knowledge of the afterlife, which turns out to look a lot like... MTV.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
July 1, 2013
The death trips are part travelogue, part bad dream, and they quickly start to pall with the same scene basically being repeated five times.
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

TV Guide
October 30, 2012
The look is overpowering enough to delay -- though not forever -- examination of the plot, which has to pull a fast one at every turn to keep moving and which eventually makes a mockery of plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film4
October 30, 2012
Released shortly after the huge commercial success that was Ghost, this is a little like an overlong episode of the The Twilight Zone.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
We're supposed to think, ''Gee, will they make it back?!'' By the third or fourth close call, we're not exactly sweating.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
August 12, 2010
An intoxicating, smoky triumph, highlighting the helmer as a visual maniac who once made gloriously strange genre movies for a strange audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 6, 2010
A cautionary tale that ends along fairly traditional horror-sci-fi lines, Flatliners is a strikingly original, often brilliantly visualized film from director Joel Schumacher and writer Peter Filardi.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
We're in mystical territory here, hence the flamboyant visuals; but that's no excuse for Peter Filardi's affected script.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
Spooky but silly, effective in patches but a bust overall.
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 30, 2003
Potential is never fully explored.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Flatliners is a stylish, eerie psychological horror film laced with wit, a movie that thrives on its characters' guilty secrets and succeeds on the strength of the director Joel Schumacher's flair for just this sort of smart, unpretentious entertainment.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 16, 2003
There is genuine suspense when some of the haunting spirits threaten to turn deadly and some of the students look like they won't come back from the dead after all.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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