Self/Less (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes


Self/Less (2015)



Critic Consensus: Self/less boasts a potential-packed premise, but does frustratingly little with it, settling for lackluster action at the expense of interesting ideas.

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In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds). But all is not as it seems when he starts to uncover the mystery of the body's origin and the secret organization that will kill to protect its cause. (C) Focus

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Ryan Reynolds
as Young Damian
Matthew Goode
as Albright
Sandra Laugherty
as Phyllis Jensen
Tom Waite
as Ambulance Driver
Douglas M. Griffin
as Doctor X-Ray
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Lab Technician
Teri Wyble
as Andrea
Gary Weeks
as Chauffeur
Kristen Erickson
as Gate Agent
Dakota Buchanan
as Dickish Cousin
Robert Harvey
as Retirement Home Manager
Jimmy Gonzales
as Recovery Mercenary
Jesica Ahlberg
as Beautfiul Girl
Dacia Fernandez
as Beautiful Girl
Hannah Jelinovic
as Beautiful Girl
Ashley Laliberty
as Beautiful Girl
Anna Dudnik
as Beautiful Girl
Big Freedia
as Himself
David Robertson
as Mercenary
Alvin Santana
as Tap Dancer
Rashod Singleton
as Tap Dancer
Keiton Crump
as Tap Dancer
Clay Chamberlin
as Hallway Lab Tech
Kate Ransome Wilcox
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Critic Reviews for Self/Less

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (43)

Reynolds's failure to display the faintest trace (verbal, physical) of Kingsley's character negates any potential mind/ body tension. Self/less? Point/less!

July 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Tragically, the film itself is as dumb as a doorknob.

July 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Tarsem Singh's sleekly shot sci-fi thriller begins intriguingly but loses its identity.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Anonymously slick and rarely betraying a sense of humour, Self/less might not mind a discreet facelift, but it much more urgently needs a personality transplant.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Entertaining nonsense, but barely skimming the surface of a great idea.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's a Twilight Zone premise - though sadly no Twilight Zone brevity or script discipline - to this sci-fi thriller.

July 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Self/Less


Though its themes are a bit familiar, Self/less is an exciting and provocative film. When faced with his impending death a wealthy businessman named Damian Hale undergoes an experimental procedure to have his consciousness placed into a genetically engineered body, but after experiencing several vivid hallucinations he discovers that he's actually been placed inside the body of another person whose mind is being suppressed. Ryan Reynolds gives a strong performance, as does Ben Kingsley. And the film does a good job at exploring the moral questions that arise from extending life and switching bodies, along with the nature of life and what makes up a person. Extraordinarily compelling, Self/less is a smart and well-crafted sci-fi thriller.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


An uber-rich guy who is dying finds out about a way to live longer through some science fiction, which is a nice start to the piece and a decent idea for a story. Then it degenerates into a standard chase montage with the ever present people pointing guns at other people scenes. Eh.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


More intriguing in premise than in practice, Self/Less is still none the less an entertaining sci-fi movie with intermittent moments of cleverness and heart. What makes it unusual is the quality of its actors. Reynolds and Kingsley are more than proven in the field, but in Self/Less they (particularly Kingsley) go from nailing it to mailing it seemingly at random, then switch back to A-grade the very next scene. Where I had trouble making a connection to the narrative of the movie was in the body switching aspect. It's made clear that Kingsley has awoken in Reynold's body, but at no point in the film did it really feel like this was anything other than a completely new character, rather than an old one in a new form. Still Self/Less is one of the more engaging films I've seen this year.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

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