Phase IV
Phase IV (1974)

Saul Bass had a fascinating career as an animator and as designer of title sequences for a number of notable films, including Psycho, Vertigo, Anatomy Of A Murder and Seconds. However, Phase IV was his only credit as director of a feature… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Cinematically, the ants are never very menacing.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

A concept and a script that is initially spellbinding but then quickly turns into mystifying vacillations between fact and largely unconvincing fiction.

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Mark Pilkington
Electric Sheep

Low-key, philosophical and ultimately rather downbeat.

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Martyn Auty
Time Out

Bass is the man who gave you the cat crawl for Walk on the Wild Side. As a director he's still got a lot of bugs to iron out.

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TV Guide

Nice idea for a science-fiction film, but it just doesn't (and probably couldn't) work.

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Duncan Fallowell
The Spectator

Very convincingly photographed.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

So-so ecological SF thriller.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

Fails to conjure up any sense of suspense.

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Den of Geek

Think of it as the 2001: A Space Odyssey of treacherous ant movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Saul Bass was celebrated for the opening animated sequences to several Hitchcock films and he lends his unerringly highbrow directorial debut 'Phase… More
Sylvester Kuo
If this was a documentary on ants then it may have actually been good!? Phase IV is a low budget schlock sci-fi film about gigantic ants terrorizing Arizona.… More
Ken Stachnik
How did Saul Bass not direct more films? This little gem from 1974 is AWESOMELY shot. Did I mention the cinematographers name was Dick Bush? So much amazing… More
Christopher Brown
Saul Bass kicks ass! After making many memorable opening credit sequences Bass finally makes his directorial debut. Artistic, gorgeous and disturbing,… More
Eric Broome
"Phase IV" is an oddball, low-budget sci-fi flick from that heady, post-"2001: A Space Odyssey" era before "Star Wars" ruined the… More