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...
April 12, 2019
"High Life" is a bust, a bleak, droll experiment in shock cinema for the high art crowd.
April 11, 2019
Many head-scratching things occur, but Denis' calm approach indicates that what interests her is not outer space but how living in it might affect behavior.
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
...exciting, beguiling, and sometimes quite moving.
April 10, 2019
It ends like most lives, poised before inevitable death, buoyed by love and irrational hope.
April 10, 2019
I'm still not entirely sure what it all adds up to, but it is provocative, difficult and bleak and leaves you with a very precise feeling of despair and aloneness - just like the best of the space independents do.
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 7, 2019
Denis delves into the group psychology of a beleaguered crew, housed in an interplanetary rust bucket. Her devotees will claim, correctly, that her movie blooms with provocative ideas...
April 5, 2019
Denis sidesteps the genre's blood-curdling tensions (Alien) and atmospheric grandeur (2001: A Space Odyssey), instead focusing on beautifully hypnotic sequences that owe a clear debt to Andrei Tarkovsky's dreamlike Solaris.
April 5, 2019
High Life is, at turns, gorgeous, ridiculous, and confounding.
April 5, 2019
Another milestone in the career of its director/co-writer.
April 5, 2019
No matter where she goes - to the furthest reaches of the known universe, or the fringe boundaries of semi-reputable genres - a Claire Denis film is a Claire Denis film. Accept no substitutes.
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.
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