High-Rise Reviews

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October 3, 2019
It's all style and no substance. And its style isn't particularly impressive to begin with, either.
May 30, 2019
It sounds great in theory, except Wheatley spends little to no time establishing why any of what's going on is worth investing in.
December 28, 2018
...a jumbled mess of a film.
August 30, 2018
Relies more on the graphic of sex and violence than a convincing story and social statements that it constantly implies.
August 29, 2018
The source sets such a high bar for prose, that this solid adaptation can't help but fall short.
August 23, 2018
At times, the film lazily clashes images together for shock value, only to move on before addressing why it did so in the first place.
August 22, 2018
"High-Rise" is a highbrow genre art film that is ultimately unappealing. Its attempts at sophistication fall short and its story is too chaotic and laid out in a way that is incoherent.
August 8, 2018
This isn't a good enough movie; its plot is tangled, and it's both overstuffed and thinly-sketched.
May 1, 2018
Artistically, the film is the waste product of income inequality, masquerading as commentary. Its desire to make the 1970s look like vomit is relentless.
October 24, 2017
The pace is slow, the story sometimes as confused as the characters' individual motivations, and any intended satire gets lost amid both the unpleasantness and visual excess.
September 12, 2017
High-Rise has no shortage of vivid images to tempt the eager filmmaker, from a ransacked supermarket to an Afghan hound floating dead in a swimming pool. What's harder to convey is that distinctive Ballardian tone.
September 11, 2017
It would be one thing if Laing's discoveries led him to some sort of action. But he's happy to embrace the 'weird hierarchy' of the status quo.
August 8, 2017
High-Rise often feels cluttered and untidy, as disordered as the high rise itself becomes over time.
August 7, 2017
High-Rise is probably easier to like if you haven't read J.G. Ballard's novel: you won't know it's missing 95% of his ideas.
March 21, 2017
High-Rise is just about the looniest garbage I have seen in a long while.
February 18, 2017
High-Rise's rushed, unfocused narrative renders this more an admirable failure than a subversive cult classic in waiting.
December 31, 2016
It's one of those works of futurism that seems simultaneously very prescient in its time, and slightly dated in ours. It underscores its points with a yellow highlighter.
December 31, 2016
Incoherent, pretentious and painfully self-indulgent.
December 31, 2016
Wheatley also tends to focus on style at the expense of a narrative that doesn't feel like a steady decline so much as it lurches and spasms toward the breakdown of society. This tends to make the point lost.
December 28, 2016
In High-Rise the fitfully brilliant Briton Ben Wheatley, with writing partner Amy Jump, seizes what seems a perfect-fitting text -- JG Ballard's dystopian novel High-Rise -- and makes an omnishambles of it.
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