A Scanner Darkly

100 mins
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The great Richard Linklater uses the fandangled rotoscope animation technique that wowed people in his 'Waking Life'- where animation is... More

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A Scanner Darkly | Ratings & Reviews

"This gifted writer-director isn't out to dull the masses with cinematic opium. Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A Scanner Darkly is a hotly political call to arms..."

Rolling StoneRolling Stone

"The most impressive thing about the film's technical wizardry is, finally, how unimpressive it is. One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across..."

Premiere MagazinePremiere Magazine

"The brilliance of A Scanner Darkly is how it suggests, without bombast or fanfare, the ways in which the real world has come to resemble the dark world of comic books..."

Los Angeles TimesLos Angeles Times

"Audiences will have to seek out their own peculiar diversions in order to last the whole course of this demi-dud..."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Isn't as dark or sinister as its source material, but it comes closer than any other filmed attempts to this point. It may only be a decent movie, but it's a pretty fine PKD adaptation..."

Film ThreatFilm Threat

"Its intelligence makes it near-essential viewing..."

Empire MagazineEmpire Magazine

"No matter how startling its visuals, A Scanner Darkly is inescapably a film about stoners lazing around and talking nonsense. Keanu is fine, in his usual bewildered way, but he has a hard time competing with Robert Downey Jr, on brilliant form as a paranoid motormouth loon. The film eventually makes a queasy kind of sense, but Linklater's predilection for long takes and improvisation can transform Keanu's nightmare into a bit of a trudge. Still, it's never less than incredibly beautiful to watch..."


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