39 critic reviews
145 user reviews
2018-09-28 by Rex ReedBaffling, 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.
2018-09-22 by Jessica KiangThe 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.
Globe and Mail
2018-09-12 by Barry HertzThe 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.
2018-09-11 by A.A. DowdIn terms of mood, cosmetics, and rhythm, it's a worthy addition to the great filmmaker's canon.
Los Angeles Times
2018-09-11 by Justin Chang"High Life" can be brutal and breathtakingly perverse as only a Denis film can be. But perhaps even more disturbingly, that brutality is undergirded by real warmth and tenderness...
2018-09-10 by David EhrlichHigh Life is a pensive and profound study of human life on the brink of the apocalypse.
2018-09-10 by Jordan MintzerThe 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.
Far Out Magazine
2018-11-06 by Monica ReidSomething strange, intense, frightening, moving, and entirely new. Sci-fi may never be the same.
Film Comment Magazine
2018-10-30 by Jonathan RomneyFor now, I'll settle for saying that the shock and richness of High Life are wonderfully enchanting and perplexing.
The New York Review of Books
2018-10-25 by Christine SmallwoodDenis's eye is as interesting as ever, but the story is not.
2018-10-19 by Caryn JamesThe 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.
2018-10-12 by Joey MagidsonOften confounding, nearly impenetrable, and almost impossible to describe. It's something you need to see in order to get. At the same time though, is it worth seeing? That's truly something up for debate.
2018-10-03 by Andy HowellThe truth is that there is no message. This is just throwing in the kitchen sink of outrageous things, half-themes, and cinematic styles and hoping that the viewer will make something up to draw it together.
2018-09-27 by Benjamin WangA dense film, and a transgressive one. Regardless of how one evaluates it, it demands consideration of various concepts and the complex array of experiences that unfold from their interactions.
Caimán Cuadernos de Cine
2018-09-27 by Carlos F. HerederoWith the unmistakable shadow of Solaris... High Life is a brave and risky foray into the territory of dystopian science fiction. [Full review in Spanish]
2018-09-21 by Kong RithdeeSex, birth, violence, philosophy -- this is a visceral, feverish alter-ego of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, made with relish by a true French master.
2018-09-21 by Andrew ToddHigh Life will certainly certainly perplex traditional R-Pattz fans -- but for those of us captivated by his second coming, it's a wild and visionary ride
2018-09-19 by Tomas TrussowEven when Denis preps us to have a chuckle, she is quick to remind us that we're not going to get a campy cult classic out of her. Her concerns here are not to be taken lightly, and laughter must inevitably give way to serious contemplation.
2018-09-19 by Kelley DongThe multiplicity of High Life is the fruit of her thoughtfulness, even though it progresses so swiftly, as if weightless.
National Newspaper Publishers Association
2018-09-18 by Dwight BrownCheap looking sets and costumes stop this odd, erotic space odyssey from reaching its final destination.
No one’s rated or reviewed this product yet.