"...This second feature-length adaptation of Philip K. Dick's paranoiac sci-fi thriller may be more in tune with the grindingly bleak times we're currently living through, but it's also very much a product of director Len Wiseman – and all that that implies..."
"...Vastly superior to Spielberg's last sci-fi outing, the woefully pedantic A.I., this adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novella is closer in spirit to both Dick's own Blade Runner and Fifties film noir..."
"...Director Gary Fleder (Don't Say a Word) has turned to legendary sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick (whose work also served as the template for Blade Runner and Total Recall) and accidentally delivered a documentary, of sorts..."
"...And now for something completely different: Director George Nolfi, better known as the writer of Ocean’s Twelve and The Bourne Ultimatum, follows up his critic-splitting 2011 Philip K. Dick adaptation The Adjustment Bureau by throwing his hat into the perpetually scattershot Bruce Lee biopic ring..."
"...The debut feature from The Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean's Twelve screenwriter Nolfi, The Adjustment Bureau is a far less tumultuous ride than Christopher Nolan's meta-reality brainteaser; it feels less like the Philip K. Dick short story it's very loosely based on than a Charles Beaumont-era Twilight Zone episode with a couple of hard right turns into The Outer Limits..."
"...Innocence is a deeply ambitious project, from its near constant quoting of the deepest philosophical sources – the Bible, Descartes, Shakespeare, and more fall from Batou’s lips like pearls of wisdom before swine – to its central conceit: What does it mean to be human? Philip K. Dick and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner adaptation are the clearest precedents, but director Oshî and production designer Tanada Yohei up the ante considerably by combining traditional cel animation with some of the most gorgeous CGI backgrounds and cityscapes yet conceived..."
"...What I can tell you is that the world in the year 2049 is exponentially worse than in Scott’s original, multicultural, neon- and rain-drenched loose adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel..."
"...And the source material for that mind-blowing feature-length animation, wasn’t that a novel by Philip K. Dick?..."
"...The first Philip K. Dick novel I read was Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, dismissed in many circles as one of his weaker wallowings into paranoia and alienation..."
"...Of note is the return to writer Philip K. Dick’s bleak, neon-glazed, and perpetually drenched future that went underappreciated when it debuted in 1982...."
"...Adapted from Philip K. Dick's 1977 novel, Linklater's film, undertaken with the blessings of the Dick estate and family, follows the circuitous, drug-induced mental meltdown of Bob Arctor (Reeves), a man for whom paranoia and disassociation from reality are the onrushing norm..."
"...Viewed in the context of the times we live in, Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly, first published in 1977, seems remarkably prescient, with overtones of government surveillance, corporate malfeasance, and jagged bursts of paranoia that, in the end, are entirely warranted..."
"...Ballard, Philip K. Dick, and other members of science fiction's so-called "New Wave."..."
"...The sight of all this computing power alone is staggering, but the real short, sharp shock comes when you get a look at what the Detour and Flat Black Films conscriptees are working on: It's Linklater's faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel A Scanner Darkly, which is being brought to full paranoid life via Bob Sabiston's gloriously surreal software abilities, which, as in the team's previous Waking Life, utilizes hi-def filmmaking overlayed with a rich, rotoscope-inspired animation..."
"...Where it was perched, the furry little eight-legged varmint, atop the CD that slanted between the CDs of R.E.M.’s Monster and Tod Machover’s opera version of Philip K. Dick’s Valis..."
"...In this city of Austin, where Philip K. Dick's dystopian novel A Scanner Darkly was turned into a complex animated cartoon by Richard Linklater and a thick cadre of artists, now here's a cartoon utopia created by one artist, Ron Regé Jr., gloriously complicating the gallery walls at Domy Books...."
"...That might be forgivable – both films were adapted from the work of mad genius Philip K. Dick, whose short stories have provided plenty of grist for far better films down the years (Blade Runner remains the most well-known) – but that Paycheck is so plainly a knockoff in which bad acting, bad pacing, and just plain inexcusable plot holes combine in an unholy alliance that’s enough to make you pine for the good old days of Hard Target, Woo’s initial American film that suddenly looks far better in hindsight when compared to this..."
"...Adapted and directed by Richard Linklater from the futuristic Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, Scanner fused digital photography with interpolated rotoscoping to imitate the psychotropic experience of Substance D drug users in Dick's nightmarish dystopia..."
"...The author that really was like lightning in my brain is Philip K. Dick..."
"...And then there’s Austinite Don Hertzfeldt’s nihilistically comic “World of Tomorrow,” a mixed-media mash-up of the animator’s favored theme of despair, Philip K. Dick-influenced dystopian paranoia, and Hertzfeldt’s then-4-year-old niece’s coos and babblings..."