High-Rise Reviews

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August 17, 2016
Collet-Serra seems as transfixed by the landscape as he is by Lively's presence, suggesting a continuity between humanity and the natural world.
August 17, 2016
It's meant to leave a bad taste and it does. High-Rise is an effective adaptation of a classic dystopian novel that no longer seems like science fiction.
May 20, 2016
High-Rise switches genres effortlessly - black humour one moment, dystopic parable the next - until it becomes its own singular, horrifying, immensely captivating thing.
May 18, 2016
No matter how much one shades the characters, though, High-Rise defies adaptation because the most vivid character is the building itself.
May 18, 2016
There is a goldmine of rich material here, all beautifully shot, but fatally lacking in focus or momentum.
May 18, 2016
It could take decades for critics and audiences to appreciate whatever genius lurks behind the chaos, but for the time being, it seems like little more than madness.
May 13, 2016
Director Ben Wheatley ("Kill List") is masterful with arresting imagery set in a dystopian spin on the '70s; less so with a compelling narrative.
May 13, 2016
I soon found myself wanting to wash off the modernist stench of Wheatley's world. And yet it's entrancing all the same, so much so that like Laing and his fellows, I had no desire to leave the high-rise.
May 13, 2016
High-Rise doesn't shock at all. And if its message about elitism, isolation, the decadence of capitalism, and the phony pursuits of the bourgeoisie still rings true - well, sure, what else is new?
May 12, 2016
Just realistic enough to be harrowing, just fantastical enough to be fascinating, just nasty enough to have you looking for the building's emergency exit now and then.
May 12, 2016
Onscreen, "High-Rise" is curiously inert. The themes don't resonate, and the story lags and lumbers.
Top Critic
May 12, 2016
High-Rise is a deeply and relentlessly unpleasant experience, and a borderline incoherent one at that.
May 12, 2016
High-Rise keeps hammering home the same points, and not even the wealth of strong performances from Hiddleston, Miller and Irons are enough to salvage the day.
May 12, 2016
Wheatley renders this breakdown of civilization in jaunty montages of assaults, orgies, murders, and mounds of garbage, images backed by music ranging from Portishead to Bach's Brandenburg Concertos.
May 12, 2016
There are certain movies that you really want to like based on their ambition, or their weirdness, or their ambitious weirdness, and ultimately you just can't. Ben Wheatley's High-Rise is one of those movies.
May 12, 2016
Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump (his wife) have energized J.G. Ballard's parable of class warfare with a daring approach that will touch a nerve or have you bolting for the exits.
Top Critic
May 12, 2016
A trash wallow in sex, nudity, violence, cruelty to animals and the skewering of contemporary society ...
May 12, 2016
Tom Hiddleston's Dr. Robert Laing isn't so much a character as a machine part.
May 12, 2016
The movie retains Ballard's not-uncheerful mordancy, and brings home his conviction that what we convince ourselves to be the best of all doesn't need much of a tilt to become the absolute worst.
May 12, 2016
It has the right look. It has the right sound. But the overly frantic editing job on "High-Rise," a film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's 1975 dystopian satire, may leave some viewers scratching their heads.
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