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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.