High-Rise Reviews

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November 3, 2019
Playfully disturbing in a dog-eat-dog world where madness and mayhem reign supreme, High Rise is a luxurious and rich visual and emotional experience, elevating Ben Wheatley to the upper floors of the filmmaking hierarchy.
August 2, 2019
The setting may be the past, but what we see is as relevant as the nightly news.
May 31, 2019
Visually dazzling and happily anarchic, High-Rise towers over all of Wheatley's films to date.
May 6, 2019
In an age when the poor end up footing the societal and economic bill, this is a book and film that holds as much if not more weight than when Ballard first conceived it.
April 6, 2019
Despite the second act descending messily into chaos, High-Rise is worth viewing for the cast and the film's offbeat caustic humour and all-round peculiarity - experimental is the word.
April 5, 2019
Barbecued dog is the appetizer here, human flank steak the main course, with a buffet line of sociopathic consumption and apocalyptic class war in between.
February 28, 2019
Darkly comic and no less terrifying for it, Amy Jump's adaptation of JG Ballard's High-Rise is timely for the British political landscape.
February 11, 2019
It's funny, it's enjoyable, but it really starts to feel its length at times...turns into a bit of a mess for a little while, before picking it back up at the end...
December 12, 2018
An audiovisual work between the reason and the wild. Between nature and culture. [Full review in Spanish]
August 25, 2018
High-Rise may not be the greatest Ballard adaptation ever made, but it doesn't have to be: it stands on its own as a masterclass of the substance of style, and how stories told long ago can have often eerie, direct parallels in the future.
August 22, 2018
Watching such sleek characters as Irons, Hiddleston and Sienna Miller, playing another resident, is a blast.
August 22, 2018
High Rise is not for the feint of heart, nor is contemplation of life in America under certain elitist regimes... those who are really angry with the way things are going in this country today just might find themselves identifying with it.
August 21, 2018
It really is an interesting piece of cinema for those who are willing to slog through the in-your-face statements about the state of the world.
October 16, 2017
There is a lot to dazzle in High-Rise, and some very good performances to enjoy, but there's also a bit of an "emperor without clothes" feeling.
October 11, 2017
[High-Rise] is a dispassionate study of the human animal in all its perversity and pride, presiding over the rubble as all around him the future goes up in smoke.
March 16, 2017
It may be Wheatley's least accessible film to date - and also his best.
January 15, 2017
This dystopian, apocalyptic tale of the downfall of civilization is set in a high rise apartment building. This can be viewed as a very dark comedy about how quickly society can break down, and how much fun that could be.
December 19, 2016
For the risks Wheatley takes, you should see it. It may be a very mixed bag -- no impediment for cult status, of course -- but High-Rise does feel like the ragged movie Britain deserves at this self-flagellating austerity moment.
December 14, 2016
Despite such loss of momentum, there are many moments of utter manic joy and the score by Clint Mansell is superb.
December 6, 2016
While every member of this team has given their best effort to redeem this as something essentially and necessarily cinematic, I really don't know that they got there.
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