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Under the Skin Reviews

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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
May 9, 2014
All this is initially fascinating, and then progressively less so.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 8, 2014
Most of Under the Skin operates on an almost subconscious level. The truth is out there in Glazer's screenplay, which he co-wrote with Walter Campbell, but it's intuitive rather than didactic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 19, 2014
One of the most polarizing movies in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 18, 2014
A direct descendant of Nicolas Roeg's classic "The Man Who Fell to Earth," "Under the Skin" is the kind of movie people will be talking about, and dissecting and puzzling over, for years.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 18, 2014
Visually stunning but virtually indecipherable ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2014
Under the Skin definitely gets under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 17, 2014
The story is at once simple and impenetrable. Visually it is arresting, when it isn't murky, and the droning, atonal soundtrack is as perfect for the film as it is annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 17, 2014
This arty sci-fi thriller, adapted from a 2000 novel by Michael Faber, raises far more questions than it answers, yet that enigmatic quality is central to its appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2014
"Under the Skin" clearly does not intend to telegraph its meaning, but meaning may not be the movie's strong suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 10, 2014
Once "Under the Skin" reaches its surprisingly affecting conclusion, it feels less like a cinematic novel than a well-executed short story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2014
"Under the Skin" begins to take on the feel of tragedy; of a creature trapped, like that baby, somewhere it cannot survive.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2014
The movie's a cinematic Rubik's Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2014
"Under the Skin" is original to the highest degree. Is it a great film? I'm not convinced. Are there moments of greatness in it? Quite a few.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2014
This becomes quite dull, even sleep-inducing, especially considering the movie's overall cast of slow-moving gloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2014
It's as existential as a sci-fi/horror film can possibly be. It requires that the viewer slip into a meditative mood and remain there for more than 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2014
Pondering the questions, reveling in the mysteries - that's what matters. And I haven't even said the words naked Scarlett Johansson yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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April 4, 2014
I was willing to watch more to discover what was underneath the surface. Once I found out, I was frozen in place, and then Scarlett Johansson and Jonathan Glazer had their way with me.
April 4, 2014
At times the film is right on the border between mesmerizing and narcotizing, but it casts an otherworldly spell.
April 4, 2014
Johansson has to be at once achingly specific and so general that you can hang all manner of symbols on her. Somehow she pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 4, 2014
A beautiful and often hypnotic film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2014
Glazer's made an icy thriller of ontological and existential proportions. What does it mean to be human, to be alive? In Johansson he has a star who doesn't fear being a repository of those questions.
April 3, 2014
Watching this film feels like a genesis moment - of sci-fi fable, of filmmaking, of performance - with all the ambiguity and excitement that implies.
April 3, 2014
One of the many startling things about "Under the Skin" is how complicated and distressing a story can be told with almost no dialogue and absolutely no explanation or back story.
April 3, 2014
The movie's eerie, climactic image challenges our conventional notions of human identity and leaves us reflecting on the possibility that every being in the universe is an alien in disguise.
April 3, 2014
So unfathomable that it feels like a dully haunting nightmare whose details retreat and fade almost immediately upon waking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2014
Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin" holds you in a state of suspense tinged with dread from the very first image on the screen.
April 3, 2014
Beautifully eerie, yet disappointingly dull ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 3, 2014
Johansson is phenomenal in every sense of the word. She joins Glazer in creating a brave experiment in cinema that richly rewards the demands it makes. The result is an amazement, a film of beauty and shocking gravity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 3, 2014
Under the Skin falls in love with its bleak monotony. It is a melodrama with all the thrills surgically excised.
Top Critic
April 3, 2014
Under The Skin lets its nightmarish imagery do the talking, forgoing explanation in favor of total sensory immersion.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 3, 2014
Dream girl Scarlett Johansson digs for oil and hits a dry hole in Under the Skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 3, 2014
A rather shapeless film where what's happening onscreen is often less interesting than trying to figure out whether the participants recognize they're sharing the cab of a truck with a world-famous actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 2, 2014
Johansson provides an extraordinary window into an alien being; through her eyes, we see and hear the world as someone not from here would. Her performance is the payoff that makes Glazer's enigmatic storytelling choices so effective.
April 1, 2014
There are dozens of mysteries in Under the Skin that don't cohere in any logical way but work like gangbusters on the imaginative subconscious.
April 1, 2014
When you wake up from this odd dream, you may wonder what the point was. It's probably there, but it's lost in that dark fog.
March 31, 2014
Glazer is nothing if not ambitious; the rough edge of naturalism, on the streets, slices into the more controlled and stylized look of science fiction, and the result seems both to drift and to gather to a point of almost painful intensity.
September 13, 2013
This is hardly the first film to observe an alien encountering strange customs, but it may be the first that seems conceived from that perspective formally as well as dramatically.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
September 13, 2013
Glazer certainly has managed to make one of the most outlandish portraits of alienation in recent memory. "Under the Skin," no matter its faults, certainly will get under yours.
Full Review | Original Score: b+
September 12, 2013
Viewers willing to embrace a purely visual experience without dramatic, emotional or psychological substance will comprise an ardent cheering section, but the film provides too little for even relatively adventurous specialized audiences to latch onto ...
September 8, 2013
An undeniably ambitious but ultimately torpid and silly tale of an alien on the prowl.
September 4, 2013
A sometimes hypnotically beautiful, sometimes monotonous sci-fi experiment.
September 4, 2013
An intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 30, 2013
A deliberately oblique work that prizes textures above answers.