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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon all bring conviction to these scenes, and William Baldwin, as the most irresponsible of the students, continues to suggest an electric screen presence that rivals his brother Alec."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The movie's problem, like many others recently, is that it isn't any deeper, dramatically or psychologically, than its own trailer. It is the trailer: the long version."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"Flatliners is moderately entertaining hocum at times, when it doesn't reach too far. Roberts is the best of the adequate bunch -- only her fans should make this a must-see."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The death trips are part travelogue, part bad dream, and they quickly start to pall with the same scene basically being repeated five times."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"An intoxicating, smoky triumph, highlighting the helmer as a visual maniac who once made gloriously strange genre movies for a strange audience."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Except for the performances by Roberts and Bacon, which occasionally redeem it, Flatliners is exasperating, a compelling concept unfulfilled."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"It`s much to Schumacher's credit that Flatliners, for all of its crazy excess, does not turn into camp. Despite two or three bad laughs, the picture retains a basic conviction."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Schumacher puts more flash than flesh on the story, but still manages to deliver the expected chills with cool efficiency as the students' extracurricular experiments take a sinister turn."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"The look is overpowering enough to delay -- though not forever -- examination of the plot, which has to pull a fast one at every turn to keep moving and which eventually makes a mockery of plausibility."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Spooky but silly, effective in patches but a bust overall."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"All I remember is that, just before I came to, there was a sudden burst of brightness. At last the movie was over, and someone had turned on the lights in the theater."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"We're supposed to think, ''Gee, will they make it back?!'' By the third or fourth close call, we're not exactly sweating."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Young medical students intentionally kill and resuscitate each other, thereby gaining knowledge of the afterlife, which turns out to look a lot like... MTV."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Released shortly after the huge commercial success that was Ghost, this is a little like an overlong episode of the The Twilight Zone."
‑ , Film4
"Potential is never fully explored."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
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