Deja Vu 2006

Critics score:
55 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: The movie's saved by an appealing star, a swift pace and a vivid setting. Read more

Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune: If you can swallow one of the most elaborate and absurd time-machine gimmicks imaginable, you can have a good time at Deja Vu. Read more

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader: The SF hardware (enjoyable) and thriller mechanics (mechanical) of this Jerry Bruckheimer slam-banger don't mesh very well with reflection, and the action trumps most evidence of thought. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Pretty dazzling, as action adventures go, even when it's wildly, almost defiantly, implausible. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: Nobody looks cooler walking in slow motion through a crime scene while wearing sunglasses than Denzel Washington -- but even the great Denzel can't save Deja Vu. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Deja Vu gives you the feeling that you've seen parts of this movie before. Only, the parts were all from better films. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Rarely have [producer] Bruckheimer and [director] Scott been so upfront about insulting people's intelligence. Read more

Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic: There are no surprises to be had. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Usually a Scott-Bruckheimer production sends you home wanting a shower. But here they've caught the movie's unstoppable bayou spirit and send you home on a high. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: If you want your films to add up logically, you're welcome to take your calculator somewhere else. But if you do, you will be missing out on some first-class genre fun. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: What gives the film its jolt of urgency is its New Orleans setting. Deja Vu is the first major movie to be shot there since the city's devastation. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: A quirk-filled, paranoid, blood-and-sweat thriller that offers perfect pulse-racing escape for a holiday weekend. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The movie manages the singular feat of placing a science-fiction premise in a realistic setting, only to render that premise even more far-fetched than it would have seemed otherwise. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: DejA Vu is so cleverly thought out and is conceived, directed and acted that the leaps in both logic and scientific theory are more fun to make than they are to ponder. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: The usually enjoyable time-travel paradoxes about how changing the past would affect the present coming off as more annoying intrusions than anything else. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: Preposterous? You bet. Romantic? Perversely. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: It's preposterous, but never dull: Scott whips the action into a taut, tasty lather. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Ed Wood, notorious as the worst film director in history, could have made the $80 million Jerry Bruckheimer time-travel thriller Deja Vu for about $99.95 and it would have been just as believable. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Washington and Scott manage to make Deja Vu perfectly watchable, no matter how many times we've seen this before. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Deja Vu impresses with both the complexity of its storyline and its willingness to allow things to develop at their own pace without interjecting a lot of needless action scenes into the early proceedings to keep viewers attentive. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Washington is so casually, inherently likable that he makes wending through the movie's multiple implausibilities easier to bear. Read more

Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle: [A] needlessly complicated and confusing thriller. Read more

Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A film that exceeds expectations. Without skimping on the thrills and action, Deja Vu is surprisingly thoughtful in its observations regarding the possible repercussions of tampering with the past. Read more

Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times: Deja Vu takes you on a wonderfully twisting and turning journey that often will leave you wondering and perhaps confused -- but ultimately leaves you with a satisfying and totally logical explanation when the credits role. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: Definition of redundant: A formulaic Hollywood pic that calls itself Deja Vu. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: The fleetingly satisfying Deja Vu is ultimately a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read more

David Jenkins, Time Out: Take away a couple of neatly staged action sequences and you're left with a callously measured slab of US jingoism that deals with the most horrific human tragedies in the most lunk-headed and insulting way possible. Read more

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Scott Bowles, USA Today: Deja Vu cannot escape the weight of its murky science, action-film formula and preposterous ending. Read more

Robert Koehler, Variety: Cinema's natural felicities for time and action have seldom felt as beautifully dovetailed. And even when the plot in Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio's script begins to push plausibility, it stays grounded in Washington's emotional drive. Read more

Nathan Lee, Village Voice: Deja Vu isn't as sleek a genre pleasure as Enemy of the State, but it does have a freaky little trick up its sleeve. Read more

Washington Post: Deja Vu attempts to explain the 'science' behind the movie's time-jumping, but in a drama that's contemporary and supposedly realistic, it comes off as cockamamie. Read more