High Life

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Pattinson stars in disturbing, violent, profane sci-fi tale.

R 2019 110 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 18+

Mind-numbingly dull, even on fast forward

This "movie" is so much, much less than what anyone would expect with a few good actors and sci-fi vibe it's pathetic. The science and sets are amateurish, right down to the unimaginative, building block spaceship. Almost anything you don't have to pay for on the various media platforms, is gonna be second rate, with a few exceptions. But, I thought: "Hey, this looks like it might be tolerable. Black holes, Robert Pattinson, who I like. Okay, I'm in" However, I fast forwarded through it in about 20 minutes, as it was >>soo >Mind-numbingly dull
age 18+

Highbrow scifi for grown ups only

Whether you like this film or not will depend on your tolerance for European cinema, this film from a French director is highly sexual and aims for a philosophical take on humanity and social mores in the confined space of a multi year space mission with a crew of mostly unstable convicts. Personally I found it to be of middling interest, it kept me and my wife watching to the end but the absence of any interesting characters that weren't completely messed up psychologically prevented us from really being engaged with the story. We didn't mind the more sexual scenes, they were in keeping with the tone of the film, and the camera work and music did help give a sense of the isolation and monotony of the crew. However for us it was just to abstract to really feel like it was worth the watch in the end. In summary, definitely not for kids of any age but may be enjoyed by those who like their films with a bit of French ennui.

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