Critic Consensus: Flatliners falls flat as a horror movie and fails to improve upon its source material, rendering this reboot dead on arrival.
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Critic Reviews for Flatliners
This would be boring if it wasn't so unintentionally funny.
What we get is a mediocre remake of a mediocre original - not exactly must-see cinema.
We live in an age of unnecessary remakes - but the new Flatliners movie, by Danish director Niels Arden Oplev, has the distinction of being perhaps the most unnecessary of them all.
A fright-free fiasco. This update of a silly 1990 Julia Roberts thriller is even more witless and stupefyingly dull than the original.
A fabulous idea for a movie, but unfortunately Flatliners represents the second failed attempt to do it justice.
Audience Reviews for Flatliners
A lazy, uninspired and downright stupid remake that overlooks nearly everything that made the original film clever and effective, trying too hard to be more like a horror movie (but failing ridiculously) and not bringing anything remotely clever or new to the pot.
I'll be honest-I missed what was probably about the last 15-20 minutes or so of this, but that said-it's not too hard to tell where this thing was going. I can appreciate the attempts to make this more in the horror realm than that of the original, baroque-inspired psychological drama, but while this was heralded as a "spiritual sequel" of sorts it more or less ends up feeling like an uninspired re-make that doesn't take advantage of the time that has passed and what that could mean for the intriguing premise.
It gets three stars purely because it scared me more than once! But the overall storyline is much to be desired!
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