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A Scanner Darkly Reviews

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February 27, 2020
Suffice it to say that A Scanner Darkly is a very fine film in which the writing, directing, performing, and technical arts all serve their story very well indeed...
January 19, 2020
A Scanner Darkly is the bleakest and saddest of Linklater's films. That it is so recognizably a Richard Linklater film despite that makes it all the more powerful.
January 7, 2019
Using interpolated rotoscoping techniques Linklater manage[s] to capture a unique visual style for "A Scanner Darkly" just absurd enough to be comical and just human enough to be tragic.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 5, 2014
It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.
November 7, 2012
A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.
| Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2011
...not for everyone. It's a complicated film that requires patience and, most likely, subsequent viewings to appreciate the jigsaw view of control and paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 30, 2011
In the end, it offers only the slightest of answers and the slimmest of hopes, because that is often all life offers as well. Whether anyone grasps that hope it leaves open for the audience to determine.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
September 19, 2010
Trippy rotoscoping is the perfect aqueous aesthetic. Unlike many Philip K. Dick adapters exchanging existentialism for explosions, Richard Linklater focuses on Dick's apprehensions about the trust, joy and freedoms at risk for the sake of progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 6, 2010
Not nearly as coherent, cinematic or fulfilling as it should have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 6, 2010
The message is clear and the animation creates a world unlike any other in film, making A Scanner Darkly an easy addition to the must-see list of 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 30, 2009
Ponders the inherent doom of Slacker transgressors
April 23, 2009
Like many of Dick's parallel-mirror scenarios, this one is air-tight and diabolical. More fresh air in the form of Linklater's humor would be welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2008
A Scanner Darkly is capable of inducing euphoria if viewers focus on one element of splendor--the acting, concept, dialogue or animation--per viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.
August 7, 2008
The painted, slightly disorienting look is a good match for the sinister, seriocomic, drug-addled world of the book.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
February 28, 2008
Too talkie to be legitimately entertaining, too dark to be wholly enjoyable and too muddled to be entirely comprehensible, A Scanner Darkly stands as a creative, if unengaging interpretation of its source materia
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 7, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 13, 2007
Linklater may have admired the novel -- I do, too -- but that doesn't necessarily make him the ideal director for this material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 13, 2007
this dystopian paranoid thriller tracks addiction in all its highs and lows, and offers a dignified elegy for its misguided casualties.
May 2, 2007
The movie isn't for those seeking a run-of-the-mill Hollywood film and it can't be viewed with a trace of passivity.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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