Flatliners (1990)

In an attempt to discover what awaits us after death, med-school buddies Nelson Wright (Keifer Sutherland), Rachel Mannus (Julia Roberts), Joe Hurley (William Baldwin), David Labraccio (Kevin Bacon), and Randy Steckle (Oliver Platt) concoct… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 10, 1990
DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
John Hartl
Seattle Times

Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon all bring conviction to these scenes, and William Baldwin, as the most irresponsible of the students, continues to suggest an electric screen presence that rivals his brother Alec.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

The movie's problem, like many others recently, is that it isn't any deeper, dramatically or psychologically, than its own trailer. It is the trailer: the long version.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

An intriguing premise in search of a compelling movie...

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Except for the performances by Roberts and Bacon, which occasionally redeem it, Flatliners is exasperating, a compelling concept unfulfilled.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

It`s much to Schumacher's credit that Flatliners, for all of its crazy excess, does not turn into camp. Despite two or three bad laughs, the picture retains a basic conviction.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

'90s thriller about near-death experiences is very violent.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

All I remember is that, just before I came to, there was a sudden burst of brightness. At last the movie was over, and someone had turned on the lights in the theater.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

We're supposed to think, ''Gee, will they make it back?!'' By the third or fourth close call, we're not exactly sweating.

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Flatliners is moderately entertaining hocum at times, when it doesn't reach too far. Roberts is the best of the adequate bunch -- only her fans should make this a must-see.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
"Med students explore to see what might lie beyond death" might be the advertisement, but what one gets is the old bait-and-switch. Instead of that… More
Christopher Alcock
5 Medical Students try to make history and discover once and for all if there is life after death. Flatliners is chilling to its core as one by one we follow… More
Jens S.
This mild horror thriller about a couple of medicine students who are trying to find the threshold between life and death did not age very well. There is a lot… More
Manu Gino
Good movie and although the story is not really realistic but the story was good and I thought the acting was decent enough. Great Cast! Five medical… More
Luke Baldock
A film I really feel as though I should have watched sooner. The idea seems so genius to me I don't know why it took me this long to watch it. Flatliners… More
Wahida K
Great Cast, great Plot and great acting.

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