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High Life Reviews

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August 15, 2019
Hard to take, unclear in its intentions, it nonetheless delivers hard truths in a new way.
August 7, 2019
The moving haze of memory forms a collective portrait of life as it's lived, often in the vast openness of nature - in contrast to the inmates planting fauna in the confines of a lab. As if we're seeing the living memories of the film itself.
July 24, 2019
Finds a filmmaker prone to finding universal scope in claustrophobically intimate stories turning her attention to the biggest scope of them all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 24, 2019
In its final moments, as throughout, High Life is simultaneously hopeful and foreboding, distant and deeply moving.
July 12, 2019
For all the film's epic ambitions, mapping intimacy in all its oddness and beauty remains, as with most of Denis' work, at the forefront of this project.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 8, 2019
It's a chilly, somber, despairing thing, this one, but put me in the cheering section.
July 8, 2019
Pattinson tackles a difficult role with aplomb. This is a side of the actor we have not seen before - more mature and thoughtful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 3, 2019
The film's retro aesthetic intentionally evokes 70s genre classics like Silent Running but with a modern sense of existential dread [...]
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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
June 21, 2019
Confined setting for the space crew to explore their primal physical and emotional needs...Tensions escalate...but images that stick are...warmth...of tender paternal love.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 20, 2019
High Life tangles up horniness and desperation in an existential nightmare, where we are all blood, and semen, and mother's milk - just bodies floating through space towards the unknowable and unavoidable, desperate for another warm body to cling to.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
June 18, 2019
If you are looking for a moody, thought-provoking film to rest your senses between generic special effects blockbuster and mega-event films, then High Life is a perfect palette cleanser.
June 17, 2019
This film gives voice to the scream within.
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
June 4, 2019
(Written by Adam Solomons) A triumph of human exploration, in all its colour, confusion, depth and beauty.
June 3, 2019
A stylish nightmare that doesn't answer the relevant questions, and prefers to exploit the darkest corners of human nature. [Full review in Spanish].
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2019
The narrative's non-linear unfolding is shot through with a strangeness that rewards repeat viewing.
May 22, 2019
It goes out into the universe to look in...it is first and foremost a film by Claire Denis.
May 20, 2019
Leave it to Claire Denis to approach science fiction by rewriting all the rules. This is an extraordinary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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