Self/less (2015)

In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 10, 2015
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Self/less boasts a potential-packed premise, but does frustratingly little with it, settling for lackluster action at the expense of interesting ideas.

David Ehrlich
Time Out

A sci-fi thriller so derivative of John Frankenheimer's masterfully paranoid Seconds it would be more accurate to call it Thirds, Tarsem Singh's Self/less is a generic waste of a clever idea.

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Tasha Robinson

Deep under the skin of this shrug of a movie is a solid metaphor rooted in an appealing fantasy.

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David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up

Lacking the lame humour of Mirror Mirror and the ultra-violence of Immortals, this opts instead for glossy, pretentious dullness, with a shameless script that's very much a Hollywood factory second.

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Nathan Rabin
Globe and Mail

Tarsem Singh has a reputation for making movies that are visually stunning but woefully inert and convoluted in their storytelling (see The Cell and The Fall). Singh's most recent film, Self/less, lives up to at least half of that reputation.

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Wesley Morris

There's no reason to spoil what follows except to say that even by the standards of both Alfred Hitchcock and science fiction, it's nonsensical.

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Matthew Turner

It's pacey and not without entertainment value, though you can't help wishing it had engaged with its premise a little more deeply.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

What starts out as an interesting exploration of identity soon gives way to the uninspired, generic action flick we had feared it always was.

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Amy Nicholson
L.A. Weekly

Self/less is so restrained that I wonder if somebody stole Tarsem Singh's body, too.

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Alex Zane
Sun Online

For the first hour, Self/Less is hugely enjoyable. But by the time the cat-and-mouse plot begins, all the magic falls away.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
An uber-rich guy who is dying finds out about a way to live longer through some science fiction, which is a nice start to the piece and a decent idea for a… More
Gimly Monocle
More intriguing in premise than in practice, Self/Less is still none the less an entertaining sci-fi movie with intermittent moments of cleverness and heart.… More
Nate Zoebl
The most surprising thing about Self/less occurred approximately 115 minutes into the film itself, when it revealed that Tarsem Singh was the director. Tarsem… More
Lane Zieben
We've seen Ryan Reynolds in a variety of roles over the past few years in multiple genres. Super versatile, which I like. I've always been up on the… More
Dann Michalski
Though its themes are a bit familiar, Self/less is an exciting and provocative film. When faced with his impending death a wealthy businessman named Damian… More
Philip Price
What do you say when everything you've just witnessed is as down the middle as you could imagine? There was an undercurrent of suspicion, of hope really,… More