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A Scanner Darkly Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 14, 2006
Linklater's willingness to experiment ... is laudable. But I'm not sure he's reinventing animation here, or even adequately serving that older-than-children animation audience.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
July 6, 2006
A Scanner Darkly is always interesting, but it's not always involving, and it's even less often entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
July 18, 2006
It seems that the point of this movie is to say, drugs are bad. Why then does the movie that's making this point appear to have been made by people on them?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
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-
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 13, 2006
A very talky and curiously uninvolving film.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christopher Orr
L.A. Weekly
July 6, 2006
In a film that's largely about the internal life of Bob/Fred, [Keanu] Reeves is at pains to show that he has one.
Eric D. Snider
April 17, 2006
Without the rotoscoping, the movie would be completely undistinguished, competent but only mildly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
July 6, 2006
Dick fans will find more to play with here than the average viewer. But as a rotund demonstration of visual imagination and social insight, the absence of focus just murders the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark R. Leeper
July 16, 2006
The approach is creative, but it still does not overcome the problems of bringing such a contemplative novel to the screen.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Such a brutally gut wrenching disappointment...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Relentlessly interesting to watch if somewhat less than compelling as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 7, 2006
Linklater wants A Scanner Darkly to be a thought-provoking, living graphic novel. But he floods the script with multiple meanings and loses himself in the hydra-headed metaphors.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
July 13, 2006
Just because the movie is about people on drugs, I shouldn't feel like I am on drugs while watching it, but it has some amazing acting performances
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 8, 2006
The stars [Reeves, Downey Jr., Harrelson, Ryder and Cochrane] are at one with Linklater and his vision of a future, screwed up world (like this one isn't screwed up!).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
July 10, 2006
While it's a mundane cautionary cult tale about the perils of drug abuse, a curious visual appeal is what distinguishes this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 7, 2006
Fans of the late sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick may rejoice at the news that Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful adaptation of one of his stories to reach the screen. Unfortunately, the story is one of Dick's least cinematic.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 13, 2006
The film as a whole may be lacking in coherence and emotional punch, but there are some marvelous sequences.
| Original Score: C+
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 14, 2006
Here's a guy willing to take risks, willing to tackle challenging material, willing to assume his audience has a brain. Unfortunately, his audience's collective brain is going to be hurting mightily for the first hour of this film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
June 9, 2006
This is not just scanning darkly, it's close to opaque.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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