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Push (2009)



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

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


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

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



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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

Jul 7, 2009


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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.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

February 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Belle... is blank as a page, and the intended romantic chemistry between her and Evans is never in evidence.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Push has vibrant cinematography and decent acting, but I'm blasted if I know what it's about.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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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.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comment (1)
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A silly movie that is partially engrossing and plenty convoluted.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
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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.

August 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source:

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.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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.

September 16, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
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.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
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.

September 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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

September 8, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

September 2, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

This entry in the superhero sweepstakes isn't without charm

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

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

June 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
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.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

May 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

April 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieWeb

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

March 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
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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.

March 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

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

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

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Nothing special, the directing style kinda make the story a little confusing to be consumed..
July 24, 2013
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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???
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