High-Rise (2016)

HIGH-RISE stars Hiddleston as Dr. Robert Laing, the newest resident of a luxurious apartment in a high-tech concrete skyscraper whose lofty location places him amongst the upper class. Laing quickly settles into high society life and meets… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 13, 2016
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2016
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: High-Rise may not quite live up to its classic source material, but it still offers an energetic, well-acted, and thought-provoking take on its timely socioeconomic themes.

Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

High-Rise switches genres effortlessly - black humour one moment, dystopic parable the next - until it becomes its own singular, horrifying, immensely captivating thing.

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Peter Debruge

It could take decades for critics and audiences to appreciate whatever genius lurks behind the chaos, but for the time being, it seems like little more than madness.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The pace is slow, the story sometimes as confused as the characters' individual motivations, and any intended satire gets lost amid both the unpleasantness and visual excess.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

No matter how much one shades the characters, though, High-Rise defies adaptation because the most vivid character is the building itself.

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Sara Stewart
New York Post

Director Ben Wheatley ("Kill List") is masterful with arresting imagery set in a dystopian spin on the '70s; less so with a compelling narrative.

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Sarah Marrs
Lainey Gossip

There is a lot to dazzle in High-Rise, and some very good performances to enjoy, but there's also a bit of an "emperor without clothes" feeling.

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Stephen Dalton
Hollywood Reporter

There is a goldmine of rich material here, all beautifully shot, but fatally lacking in focus or momentum.

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Jacob Brogan

I soon found myself wanting to wash off the modernist stench of Wheatley's world. And yet it's entrancing all the same, so much so that like Laing and his fellows, I had no desire to leave the high-rise.

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Tom Charity
Cinema Scope

[High-Rise] is a dispassionate study of the human animal in all its perversity and pride, presiding over the rubble as all around him the future goes up in smoke.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Nate Zoebl
Watching High-Rise left me in an agitated state of bafflement. I was desperately trying to fumble for some kind of larger meaning, or at least some kind of… More
Mark Walker
Having established himself as a director for the watching with the darkly disturbing Kill List and blackly funny Sightseers, Ben Wheatley continued to explore… More
Christian C
"High-Rise" is decidedly low budget. Atrocious lighting, sound and acting are but the ground floor of the problems with this tear-down of a film.… More
Luke Andrews
High-Rise is a difficult film to categorise, primarily it's a drama with hints of science-fiction. Whilst the film was well acted, beautifully shot and… More
Carlos Magalhães
With this disastrous adaptation of J. G. Ballard, Ben Wheatley only proves that he is an awful director who has gotten a lot more attention than he deserved.… More
Brendan Nicholls
Deeply dark film that dives into chaos way too early for my taste. The film is just nuts and if you can go with the story you'll find something here but… More