High Life Reviews

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Top Critic
April 4, 2019
High Life is strange and wondrous, less a traditional sci-fi film than it is a seductive journey into the long, black night of death.
April 4, 2019
Denis' direction prioritizes atmosphere over explicit explanations, transforming drab, spaceship hardware into a living yet crumbling environment, one that mirrors the physical and spiritual decay taking place among its dwindling number of inhabitants.
April 4, 2019
High Life is a chilly, ruminative film, brilliant if not exactly likable. But Pattinson, the movie's thumping heart, is superb...
April 4, 2019
While it's all quite confounding, it's also singular and moving, especially once you disavow yourself of the idea that films are meant to clarify themselves as they near their conclusion.
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.
April 4, 2019
For all its body horrors and apocalyptic conclusions, High Life is one of Denis's most loving and tender creations.
April 2, 2019
This space oddity from Rob Pattinson and the great French filmmaker Claire Denis will mess with your head and blow your mind. It's a hell of a ride.
October 19, 2018
The isolated setting allows her to focus on the essence of human behaviour, on the themes of love, guilt and desire that have propelled her long and stunning career, and that her newest lead actor make so captivating.
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 22, 2018
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.
September 12, 2018
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.
Top Critic
September 11, 2018
High Life, which proves once and for all that "Claire Denis movie" is a genre onto itself, speaks to more irrational concerns, mostly through its memorable, striking, sometimes shocking imagery.
September 11, 2018
"High Life" is an unnervingly lyrical vision of human entropy, a space odyssey smeared in the effluvia of blood and urine, sweat and semen, milk and tears.
September 10, 2018
High Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse.
September 10, 2018
The director's ardent fans will likely find much to admire here - especially the fact that the 72-year-old Denis remains a fearless filmmaker who, in her own way, has gone this time where no man (or woman) has gone before.
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