Flatliners Reviews

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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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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
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 10, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 24, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 18, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 5, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Full Review | 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
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 17, 2002
Terrifyingly real, Freakishly unforgettable - One of Schumacher's best movies.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
I'm just a sucker for the brat-pack psycho-thrillers.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Flatliners is an original, intelligent thriller, well-directed by Joel Schumacher.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Flatliners is a heart-stopping, breathtakingly sumptuous haunted house of a movie that takes off where Dracula and Dante left off and CPR began.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Though it is ridiculous in the extreme, this is a movie that is so well-directed, so sincerely acted and so emotionally manipulative that it's impossible not to like. Though you may kick yourself somewhat afterward.
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
It deserves to be a classic horror film and may well make it.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
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