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A Scanner Darkly Reviews

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Jette Kernion
April 8, 2007
I don't think the movie will appeal to a wide audience, but I could see it becoming a perennial cult classic, right up there with Repo Man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 24, 2007
Linklater never pretends that he has all the answers, but he asks the questions in such an interesting, elegant fashion that you'll be glad you came along for the ride.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
Has more to recommend it than arty graphics--as befits a movie made from one of Philip K. Dick's most acclaimed novels.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
February 3, 2007
Acabando por revelar-se bem mais complexa do que poderíamos supor a princípio, a trama deste filme nos apresenta a um mundo sombrio e ameaçador no qual a máxima "os fins justificam os meios" acaba atingindo dimensões assustadoras.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 18, 2007
I think this is a film that would have been more effective as live action, rather than animation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
January 17, 2007
Destined to become one of those movies that college kids love to rent and smoke bongs with.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 24, 2006
A futuristic morality tale using rotoscope animation to enhance the trip effect, offering visual stimulation but not enough satisfying engagement.
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
A Scanner Darkly is funny, unnerving, astonishing, urgent. It's my kind of summertime special-effects extravaganza.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
October 19, 2006
free-flowing science-fiction drama that moves like a cloud of ink in a swimming pool. ... while the visuals are suitably trippy, 'Scanner' is disappointingly short on drama and compelling characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
September 23, 2006
As A Scanner Darkly proves, Keanu is the Coolness -- passive blankness, leaden line delivery, and all. Let's hear it for the vague blur.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 17, 2006
A thing of unique beauty and free-floating menace, A Scanner Darkly is also about the transmutation of good into evil and back into good, and the willful surrender of freedom in the name of propagandistic safety and betterment.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 14, 2006
Possibly one of the strangest movies ever made, "A Scanner Darkly" is worth seeing if only for the eye-bending animation.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 31, 2006
Linklater's adaptation of Dick's semiautobiographical novel is steadfastly faithful to its source, but the screenplay is more tedious than provocative, as it bogs down in an abundance of talky vignettes.
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Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
August 31, 2006
More time should have been spent on the script and less on the effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Utichi
August 26, 2006
That Linklater can keep a light tone running through the film in spite of weighty subject matter ensures that A Scanner Darkly is accessible enough for wide audiences without dumbing down for others.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
August 23, 2006
t's fascinating to watch some of the actors who have had real-life addictions (like Dick did himself) dive into their own convoluted rationalizations and philosophies during the film. It's almost like watching one of their 12-step meeting
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)
August 19, 2006
It is not a great film, but an insidious one, the sort that gets under your skin. It leaves you scrabbling at aphids, hoping they really are in your imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
August 18, 2006
Its intelligence makes it near-essential viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 18, 2006
You've never seen anything like this before due to some simply astonishing animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
August 17, 2006
Engaging, beautifully animated sci-fi thriller with superb performances and a script that manages to be funny, disturbing and thought-provoking all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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