High Life Reviews

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April 19, 2019
The generally masterful Claire Denis gives us a pretentious yawner in space. A two-hour nap might be healthier for all of us.
April 19, 2019
They're all working against the handicap of Denis' ponderously philosophical script, which has more black holes than the universe.
April 19, 2019
Denis has created a unique and complete world, but as that diseased place eats up every living thing and human beings are reduced to dogs, you just want it to end.
April 18, 2019
Denis' grim perspective reaps few rewards.
April 12, 2019
High Life just might be a movie that wants to say something profound but leaves us wondering exactly what that might be.
April 12, 2019
As contemplative and unsettling as it is, High Life struggles to develop its bleak sci-fi vision into an engaging and cohesive piece of cinema.
April 12, 2019
"High Life" is a bust, a bleak, droll experiment in shock cinema for the high art crowd.
April 12, 2019
The picture is hobbled by its shuffling pace, and by the ship's dim soundstage corridors and hazy colors (brick reds, teals and tans, a cold mortuary blue).
April 12, 2019
Some will be impressed by the weightiness of Denis's jag into zero gravity, but for me, High Life was a frustrating experience, a collection of half-developed ideas being sucked into an unfocused void.
April 11, 2019
It's as if the events of the film are excerpts from a master script emphasizing the most apparent and foregrounded...fraught with a slowed-down pace of action, to render simple actions portentous.
April 11, 2019
High Life is a meandering mess of symbolism, half-thoughts, ponderous exchanges, and emotional dead ends, one that confuses ambiguity for an un-engaging air of vagueness.
April 10, 2019
[The] most amazing moments are never amazing enough to jar it out of its static orbit.
April 9, 2019
[I]n "High Life," it feels like the challenge is beyond comprehension to invest in the non-linear plot or the annoying characters.
April 5, 2019
Pattinson stars in disturbing, violent, profane sci-fi tale.
April 4, 2019
Too often the ideas here, visual and otherwise, feel haphazard - outer and inner space, Pattinson's head, sexual taboo, apocalypse now or maybe then - more like material for a vision board than a fully realized vision.
October 25, 2018
Denis's eye is as interesting as ever, but the story is not.
October 12, 2018
Often confounding, nearly impenetrable, and almost impossible to describe. It's something you need to see in order to get. At the same time though, is it worth seeing? That's truly something up for debate.
October 3, 2018
The truth is that there is no message. This is just throwing in the kitchen sink of outrageous things, half-themes, and cinematic styles and hoping that the viewer will make something up to draw it together.
Top Critic
September 28, 2018
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.
September 18, 2018
Cheap looking sets and costumes stop this odd, erotic space odyssey from reaching its final destination.
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