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Under the Skin [2014]


An alien (Scarlett Johansson) entices men to follow her to remote places for sinister reasons. Also with, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell, Kevin McAlinden, D. Meade, Andrew Gorman and Paul Brannigan. Directed by Jonathan Glazer. Some of the dialogue is indiscernible with no subtitles. [1:48 - R]



thumbs up

"A deliberately unfriendly and upsetting film that makes Lars von Trier look like Spielberg. It’s a critic’s darling if ever there was one, commercial Kryptonite made by someone who obviously has the chops to please the audience but doesn’t care to."

- Andrew O'Hehir

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"Dream girl Scarlett Johansson digs for oil and hits a dry hole in Under the Skin. As always, she has stunning sex appeal, stunning skin, a stunning smile and a stunning ignorance about how to choose the right roles. Her beauty and talent are not enough to save a movie this bad from the slag heap."

- Rex Reed



Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com
Alistair Harkness | The Scotsman
Matt Zoller Seitz | RogerEbert.com
Betsy Sharkey | Los Angeles Times
Stephanie Zacharek | Village Voice
Ed Gonzalez | Slant Magazine
Andrew Lowry | Total Film
Dave Calhoun | Time Out London
Robbie Collin | The Telegraph
Xan Brooks | The Guardian
Brian Formo | CraveOnline
A.A. Dowd | The A.V. Club
Stephen Holden | New York Times
Noel Murray | The Dissolve
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Eric Kohn | indieWIRE
Chris Willman | The Playlist
William Goss | Film.com
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
Nev Pierce | Empire
Chris Bumbray | JoBlo.com
Todd McCarthy | Variety
Chris Nashawaty | Entertainment Weekly
Joe Neumaier | New York Daily News
Scott Foundas | Variety
Richard Corliss | Time
Lou Lumenick | New York Post
Rex Reed | New York Observer

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