Liquid Sky
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A glitzy updating of Andy Warhol's Trash with aliens, this campy, stylish, but ultimately depressing film is one of the most keenly observed portraits of New York's early '80s downtown new wave scene. Anne Carlisle, who co-wrote the script, is terrific in a dual role as the wan lesbian Margaret and her arrogant gay nemesis, Jimmy. Tiny space aliens see Margaret shooting up and choose her to feed their heroin-like addiction to a substance produced in the human brain during sexual climax. Her partners end up vaporized, but since most of them treat her like dirt, Margaret doesn't… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Liquid Sky is an odd, yet generally pleasing mixture of punk rock, science fiction, and black humor."
‑ , Variety
"[This] film, with a heroine who is sometimes a hero and who is apt to show up in a red corset with matching red-and-blond skunk hairdo, can hardly be for everyone. But the right audiences are bound to appreciate the originality displayed here."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Outrageous fun, this film is New Wave chic, satire, self-parody, science fiction, and certainly one of the more accessible independent features ever made."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Truly a punk quirk film..."
‑ Emily Blunt, Blunt Review
"The film and its synth-laden soundtrack are celebrations of the 80s counter-culture."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
"Anne Carlisle, who stars as both the model and her creepy male counterpart, projects a disturbing and original aura of opaque, ingrained despair."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Knowingly kitsch, Liquid Sky uses the most basic effects and featuring music and fashion that were cutting edge at the time, it now looks fashionably retro."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Capturing the manner and humor of a comic strip about punk culture, Liquid Sky is the brain product of Slava Tsukerman, a Soviet emigre in NY; like the aliens in his cult flick, he explores the exotic pleasures denied him in his native country."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A creepy performance by Anne Carlisle makes this watchable"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A bizarre, often hilarious melee of weird drugs, weird sex and off-the-wall camp SF."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Liquid Sky is one of the forerunners of the quirky American independent movement that exchanged substance for style, and, love it or hate it, is a true original."
‑ , Film4
"Bad, but sometimes fascinating. It's genuinely strange and, at least, truly independent."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Since its unmemorable release in 1982, the Warhol-esque Liquid Sky has developed a rather significant cult following."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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