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R In Theaters 01/14/1981 , 120min.
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December 03, 2011
Best Michael Ironside movie ever made.

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Scanners offers at least one literally eye-popping moment and another that can only be called mind-blowing. Full Review
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
One of the most technically proficient of David Cronenberg's early gnawing, Canadian-made horror movies, though it lacks both the logic and the queasy sexual subtext that made his still earlier work - "Rabid," "They Came From Within" - so memorably revolting. Full Review
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
The film is more interesting as a phenomenon than as a movie. [27 Feb 1981] Full Review
Jay Scott
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The larger budget has given Scanners a high-gloss Hollywood look, the editing is occasionally elegant and the special effects, which consist mostly of imaginative ways of turning actors into meat, provoke from the audience the desired response ("Oh, yuk]"), but he is careful to keep the violence within currently accepted boundaries. [19 Jan 1981] Full Review
Richard Corliss
Cronenberg delivers. Full Review

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