Under the Skin Reviews

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January 5, 2015
Minds will be blown to the four winds. And - fair warning - a percentage of American ticket buyers may find themselves exasperated and/or exiting early.
January 5, 2015
Glacial in pace, skeletal in plot, and generally nasty, Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin is a repetitive nightmare of drear and dread punctuated by moments of queasy-making horror.
January 5, 2015
It's admirable that Johansson should be so willing to go off the Hollywood grid, but the truth is, "Under the Skin" would have been a lot better if it wasn't so excruciatingly arty.
January 5, 2015
Imagine for a moment that Marilyn Monroe - in a black wig and outfitted in tarty Primark - is dropped into the dreich streets of Glasgow, and drives round in a white van picking up eager young men.
January 5, 2015
By estranging us from supposed normality, Glazer forces us to identify with otherness: Johansson's mystery woman is a predator, but also potentially a victim.
May 9, 2014
All this is initially fascinating, and then progressively less so.
August 6, 2019
If a Supreme Court Justice can declare porn to be without definition but knowable on sight, so too can art fall into the same metric. I don't know why Under the Skin is exceptional art. I just know it is.
August 6, 2019
Under The Skin is for sure an oddity with unscripted dialogue, strange acting, even stranger events, but the alluring monotonous aesthetic accompanied by hypnotizing VFX and a transporting score makes it a definite must-see.
July 5, 2019
Glazer's hauntingly assured direction, accompanied by Johansson's chilling performance, merge to create something unforgettable.
June 26, 2019
While Johansson is great her role is too enigmatic to make any of the final acts resonate.
June 17, 2019
A mesmerising, deeply attentive piece of filmmaking; acutely original in spite of its eminent heraldry.
April 2, 2019
Under the Skin is all about the experience, about soaking up Glazer's otherworldly nightmare like a sponge. His third film is a cinematic anomaly, alien in both its subject matter and form, and it's to be treasured.
March 13, 2019
The problem is: Johansson's character knows, from the start of the film how to be, by all appearances, a human woman, and the filmmakers never seem curious how she learned to do so.
March 8, 2019
Glazer has not only single-handedly regalvanised the British sci-fi but has also earned the right to be uttered in the same breath as genre greats such as David Cronenberg and Nicolas Roeg.
March 5, 2019
It is a challenging role for the actress and she [Scarlett Johansson] rises to it seamlessly.
January 30, 2019
I won't be recommending this movie to anyone, except insomniacs.
November 20, 2018
A film entirely subsumed in the senses, in the art of seeing and feeling as if for the first time; the privileging of the tactile and the intuitive over the explanatory.
November 1, 2018
It's certainly not for everyone, but for those who can stick with it will find an incredibly unique and captivating experience.
October 31, 2018
An experience I wrestle with, in a mostly positive way. Contains a lot of tremendous strengths, including an intoxicating score and a lot of blank spaces for the individual viewer to fill with interpretation.
October 21, 2018
Repeat viewings won't make Under the Skin any clearer, but will cement its status as a cinematic game changer.
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