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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
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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
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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
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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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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.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
It's a movie about daring that dares nothing.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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