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Flatliners Reviews

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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.
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 7, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Larry Carroll
August 8, 2002
A horrible, dumb movie that wastes the time of the good actors involved. This should have been an early indication that Joel Schumacher needed to be stopped.
| Original Score: 0/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
While the ersatz experimentalism of the "death" sequences has its moments, the meat-locker expressionism of the rest of the movie -- all red filters and demonic jets of steam -- fails to provide any sort of realistic anchor.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
Spooky but silly, effective in patches but a bust overall.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 27, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's a movie about daring that dares nothing.
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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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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
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
January 29, 2003
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Fiddler
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
February 19, 2003
Creepy, almost as creepy as Keifer Sutherland's five'o'clock shadow
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 30, 2003
Potential is never fully explored.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Typically flat Schumacher effort--a lot of purple smoke, though
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Flatliners is a New Age Nightmare on Elm Street, with anti-drug propaganda and heavy-handed messages about atonement and reconciliation.
Emanuel Levy
June 25, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 12, 2007
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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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
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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