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Looper 2012

Critics score:
93 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: That first hour cooks. And the second hour brings Emily Blunt into the story, which is a fine thing for any second half to offer. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: Johnson doesn't explain too much, but he explains just enough about how two people can be one person, and how the younger entity's actions, in real time, can affect the memory of the older entity. Read more

Glenn Kenny, MSN Movies: Good news: Not only is the smart, sexy, sophisticated but still slam-bang sci-fi action-thriller not dead, it's just gotten itself a potent shot in the arm by way of writer-director Rian Johnson. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: Mr. Johnson throws a lot at the screen, blasted corpses included, yet little here is as initially transfixing as Mr. Gordon-Levitt's mug. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, you'll have yourself a time. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: It's safe to predict that "Looper" will transform Mr. Johnson's career, and give pleasure to popeyed audiences for a long time to come. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: Though this is a shadowy, violent film, Johnson wisely inserts just enough humor to create shades of gray rather than blackness. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: This is a "you know what would be cool?" movie that considers the real-world ramifications of its science-fiction whiz-bang, and a film of ideas that doesn't skimp on the action. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: The best advice is to not overthink "Looper," as Johnson's already done that. Instead, just sit back and enjoy it. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: "Looper" pedals furiously and largely successfully to keep our disbelief from crashing to the ground. Read more

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine: The coolest, most-confident sci-fi flick since 2006's 'Children of Men.' Read more

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader: The dystopian setting... makes for some bold cultural commentary, but as usual with Johnson, the engaging ideas feel like affectations rather than products of a fully developed sensibility. Read more

Tom Charity, CNN.com: Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: I'm a sucker for time-travel movies. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Even with its echoes of sci-fi thrillers past, from La Jette to The Terminator, Rian Johnson's mind bender feels fresh - fresh enough to be forgiven for sputtering off the rails in the final act. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Looper has more heart than Brick and the 2008 con-man flick The Brothers Bloom. Both fine achievements, they could also be described as viscerally cerebral. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: "Looper" looks like and is a blast; what's really cool is it's even more than that. Read more

Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com: There hasn't been much lately for those who crave some brain power along with their effects-driven firepower. Now comes Looper, the time-travel tease from Rian Johnson that is an immensely fun yet thought-provoking ride. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: Looper imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew. Read more

Jordan Hoffman, Film.com: Stitched together with dynamism and precision Read more

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: Rian Johnson's third and most ambitious feature keeps the action popping while sustaining interest in the long arc of a story about a man assigned to kill the 30-years-older version of himself. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: This is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material. Read more

Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News: "Looper" is a superior genre film, an engrossing thriller that engages not only the senses, but our minds as well, just as good sci-fi should do. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas. Read more

David Thomson, The New Republic: I found myself dreaming of the days when Willis would take a rest from Die Hard-ing to do character cameos of unexpected depth and pathos: Pulp Fiction, Nobody's Fool, and a few others. Now he clings to stoic longevity, and shoots people. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Johnson's action scenes occasionally stumble, but the devilishly clever script makes "Looper" a thrilling, dizzying ride. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: The reasoning behind all this may not reward prolonged inspection, but Johnson is smart enough to press onward with his plot, leaving us with neither the time nor the desire to linger over the logic ... Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just a bit... well, this headache's sort of worth it. Read more

Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR: Looper is a self-consciously good-looking, profoundly silly movie that nevertheless comes off as high-minded. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, they take us on a helluva trip. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: An indie-inflected popcorn movie with major brains, brilliant acting and a highly satisfying payoff, "Looper'' is the first must-see movie of the season. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Looper grounds itself in the commonplace realities of moments ... and then takes off on wild flights of science fiction-y suspense. The combination is cool. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one. Read more

Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com: Writer-director Rian Johnson establishes himself as an original talent who clearly believes storytelling must prevail. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: "Looper" weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative. Read more

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: However long it takes to get your bearings, Looper is worth it. Bruce Willis expertly blends tough and tender and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at the top of his game in this rip-roaring mind-bender. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: This is a genuinely tough-minded and unpredictable movie, one of the fall's most enjoyable entertainments ... Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: Looper felt to me like a maddening near-miss ... Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Johnson wears his new maturity with confidence, delivering a tense, twisty story with an unexpected emotional wallop. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: While "Looper" lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin. Read more

Christopher Orr, The Atlantic: A mind-bending ride that is not afraid to slow down now and again, to explore themes of regret and redemption, solitude and sacrifice, love and loss. It's a movie worth seeing and, perhaps, going back to see again. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: The dialogue is as clever as the conceit. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: It's a head flip of a time trip. Read more

Alonso Duralde, TheWrap: The second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following The Brothers Bloom) that looks great but meanders while doing it. Read more

Tom Huddleston, Time Out: This is a hugely satisfying, enjoyable and thought-provoking piece of work. Read more

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out: Looper tries (and fails) for a love-against-all-odds resonance, but the shortcomings are minimal. Johnson's still got plenty of unlooped time to grab that brass ring. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: It will likely have moviegoers gathering outside the theater afterward to hash out details of its intricately constructed universe. Read more

Peter Debruge, Variety: [Rian Johnson's] grandly conceived, impressively mounted third feature shows a giddy, geeky interest in science-fiction, then forces it into the back seat and lets the multidimensional characters drive. Read more

Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: In short, for all its affectionate pastiche, Looper is a humanist movie, and is all the better for it. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: [It] may begin as a "Terminator"-like piece of time travel escapism, but ultimately gathers Old Testament-worthy force and fury. Read more