High Life Reviews

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May 14, 2019
High Life will send you back out into the world with a totally new idea of what black holes symbolize. It is an elliptical film, yes, because it will answer only the questions that you did not think to ask.
May 10, 2019
It's heavy, angry stuff. A film that lashes out at humankind as a species of grunting thugs entirely at the mercy of the procreative impulse. It ends with an uncharacteristic touch of optimism, but it's little and late. You'll need a stiff drink.
May 8, 2019
As with so many of Denis' films, the point is to contrive an overwhelmingly powerful mood and moment, an almost physiological sensation, this one incubated in the vast, cold reaches of space.
April 18, 2019
The vastness of space is such a natural fit for the free-floating narratives of Claire Denis, it's a wonder she hasn't embraced sci-fi before now.
April 15, 2019
The production design, the shimmering, evocative Stuart Staples music, everything blends together.
April 12, 2019
A movie that is always vaguely interesting but that, here and there, finds ways to be brilliant in a wonderfully twisted way...
August 15, 2019
Hard to take, unclear in its intentions, it nonetheless delivers hard truths in a new way.
August 7, 2019
The moving haze of memory forms a collective portrait of life as it's lived, often in the vast openness of nature - in contrast to the inmates planting fauna in the confines of a lab. As if we're seeing the living memories of the film itself.
July 25, 2019
Finds a filmmaker prone to finding universal scope in claustrophobically intimate stories turning her attention to the biggest scope of them all.
July 25, 2019
In its final moments, as throughout, High Life is simultaneously hopeful and foreboding, distant and deeply moving.
July 12, 2019
For all the film's epic ambitions, mapping intimacy in all its oddness and beauty remains, as with most of Denis' work, at the forefront of this project.
July 8, 2019
It's a chilly, somber, despairing thing, this one, but put me in the cheering section.
July 8, 2019
Pattinson tackles a difficult role with aplomb. This is a side of the actor we have not seen before - more mature and thoughtful.
July 3, 2019
The film's retro aesthetic intentionally evokes 70s genre classics like Silent Running but with a modern sense of existential dread [...]
June 25, 2019
The film is deliberate obtuse to the point of being frustrating. Any good will towards Denis or the actors doing their best with underwritten parts vanishes after a while.
June 21, 2019
Confined setting for the space crew to explore their primal physical and emotional needs...Tensions escalate...but images that stick are...warmth...of tender paternal love.
June 20, 2019
High Life tangles up horniness and desperation in an existential nightmare, where we are all blood, and semen, and mother's milk - just bodies floating through space towards the unknowable and unavoidable, desperate for another warm body to cling to.
June 18, 2019
The collision between weird, obtuse art and science-fiction can make for provocative, exciting cinema. High Life is not any of that. Instead, it is a leaden, posturing misfire from a renowned artist.
June 18, 2019
If you are looking for a moody, thought-provoking film to rest your senses between generic special effects blockbuster and mega-event films, then High Life is a perfect palette cleanser.
June 17, 2019
This film gives voice to the scream within.
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