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High Life Reviews

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June 18, 2019
The collision between weird, obtuse art and science-fiction can make for provocative, exciting cinema. High Life is not any of that. Instead, it is a leaden, posturing misfire from a renowned artist.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 30, 2019
"High Life" is more curious than it is compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 25, 2019
The film is deliberate obtuse to the point of being frustrating. Any good will towards Denis or the actors doing their best with underwritten parts vanishes after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 9, 2018
Often confounding, nearly impenetrable, and almost impossible to describe. It's something you need to see in order to get. At the same time though, is it worth seeing? That's truly something up for debate.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 19, 2019
Denis has created a unique and complete world, but as that diseased place eats up every living thing and human beings are reduced to dogs, you just want it to end.
September 11, 2019
High Life does invoke a variety of emotions that makes it stand out from its peers, but goes too far in the repulsive direction that will alienate viewers and is a muddled narrative when not in the strong screen presence of star Robert Pattinson.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 9, 2019
[I]n "High Life," it feels like the challenge is beyond comprehension to invest in the non-linear plot or the annoying characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 5, 2019
Pattinson stars in disturbing, violent, profane sci-fi tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 3, 2018
The truth is that there is no message. This is just throwing in the kitchen sink of outrageous things, half-themes, and cinematic styles and hoping that the viewer will make something up to draw it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
December 23, 2019
High Life's messages are often too torn apart and deconstructed to keep proper track of, as the movie assaults you with its graphic depictions of all kinds of horrific but believable violence.
June 17, 2019
I'm not denying that there's an audience out there for High Life but it certainly is not me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 12, 2019
Some will be impressed by the weightiness of Denis's jag into zero gravity, but for me, High Life was a frustrating experience, a collection of half-developed ideas being sucked into an unfocused void.
September 18, 2018
Cheap looking sets and costumes stop this odd, erotic space odyssey from reaching its final destination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 25, 2018
Denis's eye is as interesting as ever, but the story is not.
September 5, 2019
High Life is an uncomfortable film that can be tedious... Take it or leave it. [Full review in Spanish]
April 18, 2019
Denis' grim perspective reaps few rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 19, 2019
The film too often tumbles from whimsy into full-bore pretentiousness, while one sickeningly violent scene in particular seems designed purely to shock, not because it moves the story along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 12, 2019
As contemplative and unsettling as it is, High Life struggles to develop its bleak sci-fi vision into an engaging and cohesive piece of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 10, 2019
In fairness, there are times when High Life is intriguing and strangely mesmerising. Mostly, though, it is a dull, confusing experience that never really goes anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 19, 2019
If you put Ridley Scott's Alien into an airlock, sucked out all the action and excitement, and threw in wobbly sets and Ballardian dialogue enlarging on the "ideas", you might get something close to Claire Denis's High Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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