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 remake of the Joel Schumacher cult hit, Flatliners is a gripping psychological thriller. In an attempt to learn what happens to the brain after death four medical students experiment with inducing death and resuscitation, and in doing so touch something on the other side that begins to haunt them. Featuring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Nina Dobrev, the film has a pretty solid cast and a nice cameo from Keiffer Sutherland (who starred in the original). But the characters are a little underdeveloped and the conclusion is a bit anticlimactic. Still, there's a good amount of mystery to what's happening to the students and the chases and fight scenes are fairly intense. And the directing style helps to heighten the drama and suspense. Flatliners doesn't quite live up to the Schumacher original, but overall it's an entertaining film that delivers some creepy chills.
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.
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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