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Push (2009)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 127
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 98

Critics Consensus: The sci-fi thriller Push is visually flashy but hyperkinetic and convoluted.

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: The sci-fi thriller Push is visually flashy but hyperkinetic and convoluted.


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 2,025,500


Movie Info

Lucky Number Slevin director Paul McGuigan takes the helm for this action thriller concerning a group of telekinetic American ex-patriots who band together in an attempt to take down the clandestine government agency that's genetically transforming normal citizens into powerful psychic warriors. The Division is a shadowy government operation devoted to making humankind the ultimate weapon. Those who accept this transformation have the power to move objects with the mind, see the future before it … More

PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, brief strong language, smoking and a scene of teen drinking)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
David Bourla
In Theaters:
Jul 7, 2009
Box Office:
Summit Entertainment - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Push

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (98) | DVD (5)

Silliness rules the day: plot holes abound and are plugged with techno-pounding action sequences and more nonsensical guff. As a TV pilot, this might have worked; as a film, it's loud, confusing and inane.

Full Review… | February 19, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Paul McGuigan's jittery editing and shaky cameras make the action confusing rather than thrilling, and nothing can save this movie from the screenplay's nearly incomprehensible twists.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Belle... is blank as a page, and the intended romantic chemistry between her and Evans is never in evidence.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
The New Republic
Top Critic

Push has vibrant cinematography and decent acting, but I'm blasted if I know what it's about.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There are many problems with Push, and most are the usual boring things: unnecessary plot loops; long, dumb musical interludes; a charmless script; and ostentatious action sequences in which the only person excited is the cameraman.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A silly movie that is partially engrossing and plenty convoluted.

Full Review… | February 6, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

jThe script has no deep meaning and the film does just what it was intended to do: take an audience on a fantastical journey with loads of action.

Full Review… | August 14, 2010

Push is an empty calorie extravaganza and demands a crooked concentration it doesn't earn to sufficiently piece this mess together.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

Set and filmed on location in bustling Hong Kong, the tight urban street and winding alleyways suit the film perfectly, but this is not enough to save Push from the Oscar season garbage dump.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Light fixtures are the true stars in "Push," constantly reflecting, twinkling and popping. Its best moments are when guns levitate and fire themselves. When you don't even need actors to hold pistols, it's the ultimate in autopilot filmmaking.

Full Review… | September 16, 2009

Push is a chase film dolled up with supernatural powers and chintzy retro design motifs.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
Sydney Morning Herald

McGuigan's saving grace is a willingness to slow down and savour his own images. At best, a moody inconsequence takes over and confusion feels like part of the plan.

Full Review… | September 11, 2009
The Age (Australia)

The premise is promising all right, but it's a movie over-stuffed with talk and actors with a glazed look as though they too aren't sure of what they're doing.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009
Courier Mail (Australia)

There isn't a single word in the English language that could justly convey the sheer stupidity, and impenetrable complexity, of Push.

Full Review… | September 9, 2009

The most amazing thing about this by this idiotic sci-fi thriller is that the actors do not crack up when delivering their lines.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

Pushing ideas into other people's minds is what this sci-fi fantasy thriller is all about, and Paul McGuigan's film looks great. The cast is good too. But there's a problem. The story doesn't make sense

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Urban Cinefile

I was at first intrigued, and then bemused and confused.

Full Review… | September 2, 2009
At the Movies (Australia)

This entry in the superhero sweepstakes isn't without charm

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

A pleasant time-waster with non-abysmal performances and a few interesting concepts.

Full Review… | June 28, 2009
Cinema Sight

The film is likable, but not lovable. All of the pushing can't compete with other sci-fi thrillers. Still, it's worth the ride if you keep an open mind for the unrealistic.

Full Review… | June 10, 2009

A movie I enjoyed watching with a huge smile on my face and will assuredly endure scorn for liking...

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Dashes from genre to genre in search of a reason to exist.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
Paste Magazine

A sci-fi thriller with a lot of science fiction and zero thrills.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009

...suffers from an uneven sensibility that essentially holds the viewer at arm's length virtually from start to finish.

Full Review… | March 19, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

Between the unwieldy load of back story and the painfully underdeveloped characters, this infelicitous combination of Jumper, X-Men and TV's Heroes manages to be dull and exhausting at the same time.

Full Review… | March 1, 2009
Miss FlickChick

A dull trudge, the sort of popcorn movie that gets released in February rather than during the summer holidays.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

Audience Reviews for Push

You know I really didnt hate this movie or really like it. I think my daughter liked it more when she came in and out of the room watching bits and pieces. Overall I was not disappointed since i did not go in with much.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Nothing special, the directing style kinda make the story a little confusing to be consumed..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

Young people with magic powers avoid gloomy (dastardly?) secret government types in Hong Kong. Not bad, and the big Asian town provides a needed break from the usual, but plot contortions aplenty and that maddening, supposed-to-be-cool-MTV-video-sh-sh-shaky-camera work undercuts the work for the worst. And how is it that nobody with magic powers in all these "I wish I had magic powers wish fulfillment movies" enjoys the use of it???

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

Push Quotes

Carver: With her we are going to create an army the world's never seen before.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Nick: How long do you think your mom's been planning this? Cassie: Probably since before I was born.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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