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
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 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.
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 11, 2019
High Life does invoke a variety of emotions that makes it stand out from its peers, but goes too far in the repulsive direction that will alienate viewers and is a muddled narrative when not in the strong screen presence of star Robert Pattinson.
September 5, 2019
High Life is an uncomfortable film that can be tedious... Take it or leave it. [Full review in Spanish]
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 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 17, 2019
I'm not denying that there's an audience out there for High Life but it certainly is not me.
May 16, 2019
An ambitious misfire...
May 10, 2019
In fairness, there are times when High Life is intriguing and strangely mesmerising. Mostly, though, it is a dull, confusing experience that never really goes anywhere.
May 9, 2019
The film eventually plays out like the umpteenth lo-fi riff on 2001 and Solaris and it's hard to escape the sense that she's using provocative imagery the way blockbuster hacks use expensive action sequences.
May 9, 2019
In working without exteriors, Denis sacrifices a crucial component of her range... For all its intimacy, it says less about the isolating expanse of mortality than it does about the limitations of a Claire Denis movie shot entirely in the studio.
April 30, 2019
"High Life" is more curious than it is compelling.
April 25, 2019
High Life has poetry, but it's awkward. After a long and distinguished career, this is Denis' first movie in English. Is there any reason, beyond increased ticket sales, that a director would cut off her tongue at age 70?
April 25, 2019
Icky and forgettable.
April 22, 2019
Denis' outer-space oddity... is not just obscure and unpleasant, but extraordinarily dull besides.
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.
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