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: July 10, 2015
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2015
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Critic Score: 19% 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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J. Olson

Part debacle, part footnote, sure to remind viewers of the better films they could be watching if they weren't such lousy decision makers.

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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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Marija Loncarevic

Favouring style-over-substance, there are no real or meaningful contributions to the sci-fi cause in Self/less which ends up being a forgettable affair.

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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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Emine Yildirim
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

There is no spark, identity or glimmer of freshness in this film. Let's put it this way, it has no sense of "self."

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% 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
Jeffrey Meyers
Surprisingly engaging, creative, and an overall fun ride--Self/less is a film that surprises. In it we find a dying real estate mogul (who oddly lives in what… 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
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