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High Life Reviews

May 14, 2019
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.
May 10, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 8, 2019
As with so many of Denis' films, the point is to contrive an overwhelmingly powerful mood and moment, an almost physiological sensation, this one incubated in the vast, cold reaches of space.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 18, 2019
The vastness of space is such a natural fit for the free-floating narratives of Claire Denis, it's a wonder she hasn't embraced sci-fi before now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 15, 2019
The production design, the shimmering, evocative Stuart Staples music, everything blends together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2019
A movie that is always vaguely interesting but that, here and there, finds ways to be brilliant in a wonderfully twisted way...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2019
"High Life" is a bust, a bleak, droll experiment in shock cinema for the high art crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 11, 2019
Many head-scratching things occur, but Denis' calm approach indicates that what interests her is not outer space but how living in it might affect behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2019
It's as if the events of the film are excerpts from a master script emphasizing the most apparent and foregrounded...fraught with a slowed-down pace of action, to render simple actions portentous.
April 11, 2019
...exciting, beguiling, and sometimes quite moving.
April 10, 2019
It ends like most lives, poised before inevitable death, buoyed by love and irrational hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2019
I'm still not entirely sure what it all adds up to, but it is provocative, difficult and bleak and leaves you with a very precise feeling of despair and aloneness - just like the best of the space independents do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2019
[The] most amazing moments are never amazing enough to jar it out of its static orbit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 7, 2019
Denis delves into the group psychology of a beleaguered crew, housed in an interplanetary rust bucket. Her devotees will claim, correctly, that her movie blooms with provocative ideas...
April 5, 2019
Denis sidesteps the genre's blood-curdling tensions (Alien) and atmospheric grandeur (2001: A Space Odyssey), instead focusing on beautifully hypnotic sequences that owe a clear debt to Andrei Tarkovsky's dreamlike Solaris.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2019
High Life is, at turns, gorgeous, ridiculous, and confounding.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 5, 2019
Another milestone in the career of its director/co-writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 4, 2019
No matter where she goes - to the furthest reaches of the known universe, or the fringe boundaries of semi-reputable genres - a Claire Denis film is a Claire Denis film. Accept no substitutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
April 4, 2019
High Life is strange and wondrous, less a traditional sci-fi film than it is a seductive journey into the long, black night of death.
April 4, 2019
Denis' direction prioritizes atmosphere over explicit explanations, transforming drab, spaceship hardware into a living yet crumbling environment, one that mirrors the physical and spiritual decay taking place among its dwindling number of inhabitants.
April 4, 2019
High Life is a chilly, ruminative film, brilliant if not exactly likable. But Pattinson, the movie's thumping heart, is superb...
April 4, 2019
While it's all quite confounding, it's also singular and moving, especially once you disavow yourself of the idea that films are meant to clarify themselves as they near their conclusion.
April 4, 2019
Too often the ideas here, visual and otherwise, feel haphazard - outer and inner space, Pattinson's head, sexual taboo, apocalypse now or maybe then - more like material for a vision board than a fully realized vision.
April 4, 2019
For all its body horrors and apocalyptic conclusions, High Life is one of Denis's most loving and tender creations.
April 2, 2019
This space oddity from Rob Pattinson and the great French filmmaker Claire Denis will mess with your head and blow your mind. It's a hell of a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2018
The isolated setting allows her to focus on the essence of human behaviour, on the themes of love, guilt and desire that have propelled her long and stunning career, and that her newest lead actor make so captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
September 28, 2018
Baffling, non-linear to the point of near-schizophrenia, and despite all of the computer technology, sadly resistant to any kind of production design you could call innovative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 22, 2018
The scope of its ambition is cleverly reined in by the low-key presentation, its more salacious potential muted down to an insistent threatening hum, like the background radiation of Stuart Staples' score.
September 11, 2018
The ending of High Life arrives almost too suddenly, but that's only incentive to seek out a second, third and fourth viewing as soon as humanly possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
September 11, 2018
High Life, which proves once and for all that "Claire Denis movie" is a genre onto itself, speaks to more irrational concerns, mostly through its memorable, striking, sometimes shocking imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2018
"High Life" is an unnervingly lyrical vision of human entropy, a space odyssey smeared in the effluvia of blood and urine, sweat and semen, milk and tears.
September 10, 2018
High Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 10, 2018
The director's ardent fans will likely find much to admire here - especially the fact that the 72-year-old Denis remains a fearless filmmaker who, in her own way, has gone this time where no man (or woman) has gone before.