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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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High Life will send you back out into the world with a totally new idea of what black holes symbolize. It is an elliptical film, yes, because it will answer only the questions that you did not think to ask.
The fact remains that this blank expanse provides no full explanations, leaving a great amount of subsequent pondering. Commonly amongst the director's work, this is rather more enjoyable than actually watching the film.
It's heavy, angry stuff. A film that lashes out at humankind as a species of grunting thugs entirely at the mercy of the procreative impulse. It ends with an uncharacteristic touch of optimism, but it's little and late. You'll need a stiff drink.
Effortlessly arthouse (Cryptic? Check! Slow-moving? Check! Nudity that couldn't possibly be gratuitous? Check!), this will not be everyone's cup of space dust, but it might make you ponder the chaotic futility of existence.
The slow pace and pretensions of High Life make it hard to love and it's distinctly challenging for the squeamish. But it's quite possible to admire its bravura performances and the director's design choices.