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A Scanner Darkly

Rated R for drug and sexual content, language and a brief violent image.

R In Theaters 07/7/2006 , 100min.
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73%
Critic score based on 33 reviews

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The Hollywood Reporter
Audiences will have to seek out their own peculiar diversions in order to last the whole course of this demi-dud. Full Review
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Definitely not for everyone. It's a very bleak story with uneven pacing and a narrative whose jumps in time are confusing and occasionally infuriating. But the post-apocalyptic mood blends well with its uniquely stylized look and surreal story. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Without its animation, A Scanner Darkly would have made a fine cautionary tale about drug addiction, paranoia and institutional treachery in a police state. But with a technique that turns the existing live action into a two-dimensional cartoon, the movie goes one -- maybe even 10 -- better. It becomes its own living, breathing metaphor. Full Review
Duane Byrge
The Hollywood Reporter
Audiences will have to seek out their own peculiar diversions in order to last the whole course of this demi-dud. Full Review

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