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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The visual style and lethargic pace can be frustrating -- at least if you're sober -- but the animated tragedy is still a success. show more

  • 63
    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. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    A rambling depiction of a junkie's descent into zombitude. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Scanner is mostly all talk, and the talk is entertaining only when it's coming from Downey. The actor's long history of drug abuse taught him a thing or two about cooked behavior, and he gives some anxious run-on monologues that are very funny. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 100
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    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. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    It's one of the most faithful movie adaptations of any Dick story to date, and it comes from the scariest of all his books, as well as the truest. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Doesn't quite live up to the promise of its opening sequence, but it's still an audacious offering during a season of brain-dead blockbusters. show more

  • 75
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    But transforming full, live-action performances into quavering cartoons isn't inherently lyrical, and here it produces the jittery sense of a world dissolving into flat forms and buzzing prattle. show more

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