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A Scanner Darkly Reviews

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August 23, 2017
The film is beautiful to look at, rotoscoped with heavy black lines surrounding graphic blocks of colour, but can you draw any conclusions about the content from the style?
March 5, 2014
It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.
January 19, 2014
I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 7, 2012
A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2011
...not for everyone. It's a complicated film that requires patience and, most likely, subsequent viewings to appreciate the jigsaw view of control and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 30, 2011
In the end, it offers only the slightest of answers and the slimmest of hopes, because that is often all life offers as well. Whether anyone grasps that hope it leaves open for the audience to determine.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
September 19, 2010
Trippy rotoscoping is the perfect aqueous aesthetic. Unlike many Philip K. Dick adapters exchanging existentialism for explosions, Richard Linklater focuses on Dick's apprehensions about the trust, joy and freedoms at risk for the sake of progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 6, 2010
Not nearly as coherent, cinematic or fulfilling as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
The message is clear and the animation creates a world unlike any other in film, making A Scanner Darkly an easy addition to the must-see list of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 30, 2009
Ponders the inherent doom of Slacker transgressors
April 29, 2009
Such a brutally gut wrenching disappointment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 23, 2009
Like many of Dick's parallel-mirror scenarios, this one is air-tight and diabolical. More fresh air in the form of Linklater's humor would be welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2008
A Scanner Darkly is capable of inducing euphoria if viewers focus on one element of splendor--the acting, concept, dialogue or animation--per viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.
August 7, 2008
The painted, slightly disorienting look is a good match for the sinister, seriocomic, drug-addled world of the book.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2008
Too talkie to be legitimately entertaining, too dark to be wholly enjoyable and too muddled to be entirely comprehensible, A Scanner Darkly stands as a creative, if unengaging interpretation of its source materia
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 13, 2007
Linklater may have admired the novel -- I do, too -- but that doesn't necessarily make him the ideal director for this material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2007
a trippy movie that doesn't make it easy for the audience to follow. The story is complex and confusing and theanimation keeps the viewer from entering the tale emotionally or intellectually.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 14, 2007
Relentlessly interesting to watch if somewhat less than compelling as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 13, 2007
this dystopian paranoid thriller tracks addiction in all its highs and lows, and offers a dignified elegy for its misguided casualties.
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