High Life (2019)

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Critic Consensus: High Life is as visually arresting as it is challenging, confounding, and ultimately rewarding - which is to say it's everything film fans expect from director Claire Denis.

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Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter are the last survivors of a damned and dangerous mission to the outer reaches of the solar system.The crew death-row inmates led by a doctor (Juliette Binoche) with sinister motives has vanished. As the mystery of what happened onboard the ship is unraveled, father and daughter must rely on each other to survive as they hurtle toward the oblivion of a black hole. A staggering and primal film about love and intimacy, suffused with anguished memories of a lost Earth, High Life is a haunting, thrilling achievement from visionary director Claire Denis

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (7)

Baffling, non-linear to the point of near-schizophrenia, and despite all of the computer technology, sadly resistant to any kind of production design you could call innovative.

Sep 28, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
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The scope of its ambition is cleverly reined in by the low-key presentation, its more salacious potential muted down to an insistent threatening hum, like the background radiation of Stuart Staples' score.

Sep 22, 2018 | Full Review…
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The ending of High Life arrives almost too suddenly, but that's only incentive to seek out a second, third and fourth viewing as soon as humanly possible.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

In terms of mood, cosmetics, and rhythm, it's a worthy addition to the great filmmaker's canon.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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"High Life" can be brutal and breathtakingly perverse as only a Denis film can be. But perhaps even more disturbingly, that brutality is undergirded by real warmth and tenderness...

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

High Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse.

Sep 10, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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