High Life Reviews

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January 8, 2020
It's an interesting premise, but the structural flaws and unlikable screenplay put to waste the attractive production design.
January 7, 2020
It has the moody flavor of some "existential" '70s-era sci-fi dramas like Tarkovsky's Solaris or Douglas Trumbull's Silent Running, but with a more overtly sexual tone and with lovely, old-school special effects. I just wish it was more fun.
December 23, 2019
Every film by French master Claire Denis is a cultural event, and this, her English-language debut, is a demented, deeply engrossing sci-fi saga...
December 23, 2019
Denis explores the microcosm of life in space, raising uneasy, even queasy questions about humanity's need to push into that frontier, and the costs that will have to be born by individuals.
December 23, 2019
All I can say is that it's a pleasure to have my reviewing faculties blown and my psyche splintered by this master filmmaker.
December 23, 2019
High Life's messages are often too torn apart and deconstructed to keep proper track of, as the movie assaults you with its graphic depictions of all kinds of horrific but believable violence.
December 23, 2019
With its grandiose imagery, devastating themes and philosophy, and complex storytelling, it's a rare hard sci-fi treat, and one that deserves appreciation while playing on the big screen.
December 21, 2019
There is much of Tarkovsky's Solaris in the main body and the flashbacks... could be lifted straight from the same director's Stalker. High Life is, however, stuffed with Denis' characteristic philosophical derangement.
December 21, 2019
At times, it's a kind of space-opera "Suspiria." The brain teasing "Interstellar" is child's play next to Denis' despairing existential black hole.
December 20, 2019
Claire Denis shows crises, confrontations, madness and sex without regard and without fear, knowing how to guage when her story should be excessive and when to cease contemplation. [Full review in Spanish]
December 19, 2019
If you put Ridley Scott's Alien into an airlock, sucked out all the action and excitement, and threw in wobbly sets and Ballardian dialogue enlarging on the "ideas", you might get something close to Claire Denis's High Life.
December 19, 2019
The film too often tumbles from whimsy into full-bore pretentiousness, while one sickeningly violent scene in particular seems designed purely to shock, not because it moves the story along.
December 9, 2019
Its brilliance lies in Denis's understanding that the difference between these two extreme polarities is really nothing at all.
November 13, 2019
It's very disturbing, but utterly compelling.
October 30, 2019
It's so refreshing to see a medium budget movie that doesn't fix itself to just one meaning, but functions as a kind of blank template to pin one's own feelings on.
September 27, 2019
There's some semblance of a plot, but it's style over substance. Too many bodily fluids and scatological instances for my taste.
September 23, 2019
High Life is a captivating cinematic achievement, a movie that portrays with sensual delight the compassion and horror of human emotions. A impressive film from an impressive filmmaker. [Full review in Spanish]
September 22, 2019
High Life is willing to stare into the hopeless void and discern a particle of optimism.
September 16, 2019
Nevertheless a fascinating, worthy effort from one of our most revered auteurs, High Life is a space oddity worth seeing in spite of its more alienating elements.
September 12, 2019
It's true there is a compelling chilliness to the story and, like the best space dramas, it sometimes offers up more questions than answers, but there's an overwhelming feeling of ennui and languidness... that more than slightly frustrates.
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