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Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer has lived his life in two states of existence--the world of reality and the world inside his head. Hired to rewrite a murder mystery set in a desert diner and unaware that his brain is on the verge of implosion, Felix is politely baffled when the characters from his movie start showing up in his life and vice versa. Felix tries to maintain his equanimity as reality and fantasy collide in an increasingly whirling slipstream, while his memory banks fire off seemingly random references to songs and sci-fi movies from the Fifties.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Slipstream ultimately winds up an avant-garde film that just ain't all that avant."
‑ Steven Boone, Newark Star-Ledger
"Slipstream is Anthony Hopkins's third film as a director and his first as a quasi-avant-garde filmmaker working well outside the mainstream."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Alternately interesting and unwatchable."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A miserable mess of a stream-of-consciousness movie."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"If not exactly dull, Hopkins' stream-of-consciousness rant is nonetheless self-indulgent and crammed with bits of business that never add up to anything much."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"At 96 minutes, this vanity/insanity project runs a bit long; five minutes would have been plenty."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Leave it to a 69-year-old actor to make the year's most experimental film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Slipstream is utterly unwatchable. I hated every minute of it."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"What would have perhaps made an excellent short subject becomes a cumbersome, confusing and deeply unsatisfying mess of a vanity project."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Anthony Hopkins wrote and directed Slipstream. It's a free-form, surreal meditation on stuff that, evidently, popped into Hopkins' head while he was writing."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Slipstream is an experiment in visual stream-of-consciousness, but stream-of-consciousness fares better as a literary form than a cinematic one."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Either one of the most self-indulgent vanity projects in the history of the Hollywood star system, or a rare revealing look at a distinguished actor who usually keeps his real self out of the spotlight."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"A Hopkins personal vanity project"
‑ Blake French,
"[S]o fascinating a failure that it's worth seeing..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Has one trick up its sleeve, and once that trick is revealed, the film collapses in on itself in a manner that will irritate more viewers than it intrigues."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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