Here’s What Critics Are Saying About ‘High-Rise’ 

Here’s what the experts have to say about this hypnotic, new film.

Tom Hiddleston has a new limited release making its way to theaters this weekend featuring an amazing cast and a truly unique premise. High-Rise tells the story of civil breakdown in a ritzy British apartment building, resulting in violence and mayhem. Besides Hiddleston, the film stars Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss and Jeremy Irons. Does all that talent and intrigue sound worthwhile?

Here’s what the critics think…

“Onscreen, High-Rise is curiously inert. The themes don’t resonate, and the story lags and lumbers.”

-A.O. Scott [The New York Times]


Wheatley renders this breakdown of civilization in jaunty montages of assaults, orgies, murders, and mounds of garbage, images backed by music ranging from Portishead to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.”

-Peter Keough [Boston Globe]


High-Rise is a deeply and relentlessly unpleasant experience, and a borderline incoherent one at that.”

-Scott Tobias [NPR]

High-Rise keeps hammering home the same points, and not even the wealth of strong performances from Hiddleston, Miller and Irons are enough to salvage the day.”

-Richard Roeper [Chicago Sun-Times]


“Wheatley and screenwriter Amy Jump (his wife) have energized J.G. Ballard’s parable of class warfare with a daring approach that will touch a nerve or have you bolting for the exits.”

-Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“There are certain movies that you really want to like based on their ambition, or their weirdness, or their ambitious weirdness, and ultimately you just can’t. Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is one of those movies.”

-Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]