A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 19, 2006
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69%
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User Score
74%



Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, A Scanner Darkly takes the viewer on a visual and mind-blowing journey into the author's conception of a drug-addled and politically unstable world.

Bob Mondello
NPR.org

The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Linklater emerges once again as the Austin auteur par excellence, even if A Scanner Darkly is set in a ratty precinct of Orange County.

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Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling

It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.

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Dana Stevens
Slate

As A Scanner Darkly proves, Keanu is the Coolness -- passive blankness, leaden line delivery, and all. Let's hear it for the vague blur.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Linklater's willingness to experiment ... is laudable. But I'm not sure he's reinventing animation here, or even adequately serving that older-than-children animation audience.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture.

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Ben Walters
Time Out New York

Wondrously attractive, all the more so for the avoidance (with one or two exceptions) of extrovert Waking Life-style set-pieces.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The first film to capture the author's transience and his art.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
This film did not quite reach it's potential. Great source material, acting (casting!) and visuals but the storytelling is sluggish and muddled and there… More
KJ Proulx
While I do not recommend this film to everyone, it is a must see. "A Scanner Darkly" follows drug addicts who are hiding from society, after the war… More
Adam Kelly
Rotoscoping is not a technique I had come across before, or since, so I have nothing to compare it to when reviewing 'A Scanner Darkly'. What can be… More
paul oh
After multiple viewings, this film is takes a new approach to drugs.The cinematography is vivid and Keanu Reeves isn't as robotic as he always is. Its… More
Mark Walker
In 2002, director Richard Linklater delivered a, little-seen, gem of a film called "Waking Life". In this, he used an animation technique called… More
Randy Tippy
Interesting confluence of live action and animation coupled with imaginative (albeit bizarre) scripting.

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