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.
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.
April 19, 2014
One of the most polarizing movies in recent years.
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.
April 18, 2014
Visually stunning but virtually indecipherable ...
April 18, 2014
Under the Skin definitely gets under your skin.
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.
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.
April 14, 2014
"Under the Skin" clearly does not intend to telegraph its meaning, but meaning may not be the movie's strong suit.
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.
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.
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.
April 10, 2014
This becomes quite dull, even sleep-inducing, especially considering the movie's overall cast of slow-moving gloom.
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.
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.
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