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Reviews: Under the Skin (2014)

under_the_skinReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Qualcuno in conferenza stampa, con una certa competenza, ha parlato di Nicolas Roeg e Ken Russell rispetto ad Under the skin, ma non basta un’atmosfera, uno stile, per fare un film.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The film sounds like what several cynics have dubbed it: an art-house Species. The difference is that Under the Skin is an exploration and subversion of the unstated theme of Species and its ilk: the fear of female sexuality, and the fantasy scenarios that are all tied up in those fears.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A siren from another planet appears in Glasgow, Scotland on a special mission that challenges her sexual allure and desires.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: I don’t want all of my science fiction movies to be like “Under the Skin,” but the real greatness of this film is that it is allowed to be what it is against a much larger mainstream backdrop.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: This visionary science fiction film is haunting and the best new release I’ve seen so far in 2014.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Its simplicity is as deceptive in its own way as the alien’s oddly anachronistic, Richey Edwards-meets-The New York Dolls appearance. The plot is really unimportant in terms of what makes Under The Skin such a great film, because the events of its story have almost nothing to do with the experience of watching it.
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: Reminiscent of Nicolas Roeg’s THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH, Glazer’s film has much less to say about the human condition. But visually, it’s a stunner.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The protagonist’s process repeats itself over and over again, and each time … we’re simultaneously certain of and baffled by the whole thing.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Subtly strange and surreal, appealing to avant-garde art house audiences searching for something different..
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: As the woman interacts with each individual, their personalities expose aspects of the human condition. In doing so, the picture brilliantly demonstrates the qualities that make human beings so wonderful and what also makes them monsters.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: Scarlett Johansson is an alien serial killer who sexes men to death in a misogynist fanboy wet dream that also fails to satisfy as science fiction.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: An intriguing character story that is more art house than sci-fi.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Wildly uncommercial, potentially divisive, and probably only for the most adventurous defenders of outré avant-garde cinema who don’t need every question answered, “Under the Skin” is nothing if not the first challenging and haunting visual and aural experience of this year with major staying power.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
    • Excerpt: If you ever wondered what 1995’s craptastic erotic sci-fi/horror Species would look like as an art-house flick, you’ve come to the right place.
  • Marty Mapes @ Movie Habit
    • Excerpt: A fascinating mystery that works emotionally and visually
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Under The Skin ends up being nicely shot but thematically misguided and deeply dull. To describe it as experimental is misleading, because most experiments have a purpose.
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: The woman who fell to Scotland
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Everything about this adaptation of the violent science-fiction novel by Michel Faber is designed to work on two levels: the audience’s expectation and Glazer’s undermining of the same.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: There is scarcely a moment in Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer’s visually stunning, unsettling, and very loose adaptation of Michel Faber’s 2000 debut sci-fi novel about a predatory female, when you will have a very good grasp of what is going on. If you find yourself on its wavelength, most of the time you won’t mind very much. If not, you’ll be lost in space.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: I saw the film a week ago, and my immediate response was mixed. I knew I’d seen something strange and original, but damned if I could explain it or even describe what I had just seen. Over the past few days though, the film has had time to marinate in my psyche. I take away from the film a lot of imagery that I’ve tried to piece together. The images were laid out, but my imagination is providing the connective tissue. I am eager to take the journey again. It’s bold, it’s challenging, it’s frustrating, and it’s difficult.
  • Craig Skinner @ Film Divider
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: More visually accomplished than its malnourished narrative deserves, “Under the Skin” works well as a foxy sci-fi movie for stoners.
  • Josh Spiegel @ Sound on Sight
Updated: June 15, 2015 — 1:51 pm

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