Under The Skin

Under The Skin

Under The Skin

Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) stars as a mysterious alien seductress, targeting lone men on remote highways, in this stark sci-fi thriller from director Jonathan Glazer (BirthSexy Beast). Based on Michel Faber's acclaimed 2000 novel, nominated for a Gold Lion at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, and most impressive of all, number one on the Flicks critics' poll of best films in the 2014 NZ International Film Festival.

"On Scotland's lonely back roads, a beautiful woman (Johansson) stalks unwitting men. Her identity and her motives unclear, she is simply, and quite literally, a sexual threat. Her eyes deadened but alert... More could be said about the plot, but it's best to allow Under the Skin to reveal itself. From its arresting first image - a pure, white pinpoint of light - it expands outward to become an increasingly absorbing mystery. It's also a Rorschach test for everything one might fear about relations between men and women....  Here, he offers shades of Kubrick and Hitchcock in his depiction of sexuality, capturing a cool, predatory impulse rather than simple heat." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2013Rating: R13, Horror, violence & nudity108 minsUK
Science FictionThriller
92%
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Reviews & comments

Under The Skin

Definitely not for the mainstream crowd. Jonathan Glazer's experimental sci-fi horror Under The Skin is a polarizing, mesmerizing experience. Scarlett Johansson's brave performance is extraordinary as a mysterious alien femme fatale driving around Scotland in a van seducing lonely men. Glazer uses hidden cameras to shoot improvised scenes of Johansson...

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An undeniably ambitious but ultimately torpid and silly tale of an alien on the prowl.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

You may not be sure what you've seen, but you've sure seen something.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie's eerie, climactic image challenges our conventional notions of human identity...

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A striking attempt to tell an exotic story in a down-to-earth environment that deserves praise for its singularity of vision, even as it runs the risk of ridicule.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Viewers willing to embrace a purely visual experience without dramatic, emotional or psychological substance will comprise an ardent cheering section.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Odd and sexy, troubling and touching, frustrating and mesmerising, dull and haunting.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

An undeniably ambitious but ultimately torpid and silly tale of an alien on the prowl.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

You may not be sure what you've seen, but you've sure seen something.

5.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

An intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The movie's eerie, climactic image challenges our conventional notions of human identity...

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A striking attempt to tell an exotic story in a down-to-earth environment that deserves praise for its singularity of vision, even as it runs the risk of ridicule.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Viewers willing to embrace a purely visual experience without dramatic, emotional or psychological substance will comprise an ardent cheering section.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Odd and sexy, troubling and touching, frustrating and mesmerising, dull and haunting.

3.0
0

Under The Skin

Definitely not for the mainstream crowd. Jonathan Glazer's experimental sci-fi horror Under The Skin is a polarizing, mesmerizing experience. Scarlett Johansson's brave performance is extraordinary as a mysterious alien femme fatale driving around Scotland in a van seducing lonely men. Glazer uses hidden cameras to shoot improvised scenes of Johansson...

3.0
0