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Under the Skin

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Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA

2014

1h 48m

Director Jonathan Glazer

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kryštof Hádek, Paul Brannigan, Michael Moreland

Genre Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller

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A mysterious seductress in the shape of a woman lurks the streets of Glasgow. She picks up unsuspecting men and lures them back to her den for unknown purposes. What is she looking for, and what does she take from the men that are drawn to her?

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Empire by

Odd and sexy, troubling and touching, frustrating and mesmerising, dull and haunting. A film by Jonathan Glazer.
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Total Film by Andrew Lowry

You may not be sure what you've seen, but you've sure seen something. With neither a petticoat nor a wideboy in sight, this is one of the most original and exciting British movies in some time.
83

The Playlist by Chris Willman

Johannson turns out to be perfectly cast, being able to shift from blank alien mode to kittenish seduction without ever letting you see the switch being turned on or off.
100

Time Out London by Dave Calhoun

It’s an intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime: it combines sci-fi ideas, gloriously unusual special effects and a sharp atmosphere of horror.
83

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

A totally wacky head-trip with midnight movie sensibilities and a daring avant garde spirit, Glazer's movie is ultimately too aimlessly weird to make its trippy narrative fully satisfying, but owes much to Johansson's intense commitment to a strangely erotic and unnerving performance unlike anything she has done before.
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The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Glazer’s astonishing film takes you to a place where the everyday becomes suddenly strange, and fear and seduction become one and the same.
40

Variety by Scott Foundas

Glazer has always been longer on atmosphere and uncanny moods than on narrative, but the fatal flaw of Under the Skin isn’t that not much happens; it’s that what does happen isn’t all that interesting.
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Film.com by William Goss

Under the Skin is a deliberately oblique piece of work that prizes rhythms and textures above hows and whys.

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