A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, an undercover cop, Fred, is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 28, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 19, 2006
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, A Scanner Darkly takes the viewer on a visual and mind-blowing journey into the author's conception of a drug-addled and politically unstable world.

Bob Mondello

The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Linklater emerges once again as the Austin auteur par excellence, even if A Scanner Darkly is set in a ratty precinct of Orange County.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The film is beautiful to look at, rotoscoped with heavy black lines surrounding graphic blocks of colour, but can you draw any conclusions about the content from the style?

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Dana Stevens

As A Scanner Darkly proves, Keanu is the Coolness -- passive blankness, leaden line delivery, and all. Let's hear it for the vague blur.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Linklater's willingness to experiment ... is laudable. But I'm not sure he's reinventing animation here, or even adequately serving that older-than-children animation audience.

Nick Pinkerton
Stop Smiling

It is exhausting in its yammering, yes, but the very fact of its putting forth a vision of a future that's scented with bongwater, revolving around the axis of a sloppy living room, is enough to recommend it.

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Wondrously attractive, all the more so for the avoidance (with one or two exceptions) of extrovert Waking Life-style set-pieces.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

The first film to capture the author's transience and his art.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
This film did not quite reach it's potential. Great source material, acting (casting!) and visuals but the storytelling is sluggish and muddled and there… More
Adam Kelly
Rotoscoping is not a technique I had come across before, or since, so I have nothing to compare it to when reviewing 'A Scanner Darkly'. What can be… More
Mark Walker
In 2001, director Richard Linklater delivered a little-seen, gem of a film called Waking Life. Many didn't pay notice to it which is one of many a film… More
KJ Proulx
While I do not recommend this film to everyone, it is a must see. "A Scanner Darkly" follows drug addicts who are hiding from society, after the war… More
Kevin M. Williams
A visual stunner, I think through what they call rotoscoping. Regular film is made to look as if it were animated. A bunch of dope heads have practically the… More
paul oh
After multiple viewings, this film is takes a new approach to drugs.The cinematography is vivid and Keanu Reeves isn't as robotic as he always is. Its… More