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The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

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72

Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 247
Fresh: 179 | Rotten: 68

First-time writer/director George Nolfi struggles to maintain a consistent tone, but The Adjustment Bureau rises on the strong, believable chemistry of its stars.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 45
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 16

First-time writer/director George Nolfi struggles to maintain a consistent tone, but The Adjustment Bureau rises on the strong, believable chemistry of its stars.

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On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)--a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself--the men of The Adjustment Bureau--who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of

PG-13,

Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance

George Nolfi

Jun 21, 2011

$62.5M

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All Critics (247) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (179) | Rotten (68) | DVD (7)

Accomplished filmmaking that features two highly attractive, talented leads, a healthy dose of sentiment, an intelligent script, and which takes you away for two hours from the quotidian worries and banalities of your regular life.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap
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This mind-meld of sci-fi thriller, morality play and passionate romance is worth seeing, mostly for the palpable chemistry between the lead actors.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Damon and Blunt give such terrific performances you might almost forgive the movie's dopey ending.

March 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (23)
Newsday
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The on-screen pairing of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is so winning that you may be willing to overlook the oddly modulating tone of the story that brings them together and then tries to keep them apart.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comment (1)
Arizona Republic
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Fans looking for something a little different will find it here - as well as the first real romance of the year.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
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Cradled in Damon's solidly reliable hands, even a movie as extravagantly silly as this one gains heft and credibility, an impressive accomplishment when you consider that the entire plot revolves around magic notebooks and spellbinding hats.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (10)
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a fantastic piece of science fiction told in the flavor of a classic Twilight Zone episode

September 4, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

An original romance story with brilliant central performances from Matt Damon & Emily Blunt makes this one a winner in my books.

July 24, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Although this drama offers up some interesting ideas about free will and faith, the story isn't smart enough to focus on these topics in an intelligent way.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Romantic and intellectually stimulating, and like "Inception," it may have you arguing with your date on the ride home.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The Adjustment Bureau does sadly descend into science-fiction nonsense after a bold start, but it's always enjoyable and you never lose sight of what's at stake thanks to excellent character work from Damon and Blunt.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's rare when a film is able to blend together two different genres so well, especially when they are two genres that you don't normally see together, in this case, science-fiction and romance.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

There are plenty of great ideas throughout the film with determinism and the idea of free will all given some interesting twists, though it is sometimes muddled and preachy

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: The Sabotage Times

I kept expecting Rod Serling to step into the frame, cigarette in hand, setting the stage for the bizarre turn of events about to befall the young pol and the lovestruck ballerina.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

...if our current president got elected after admitting to having used cocaine in the past do you really think mooning someone in college would cause someone not to vote for him?

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: MediaMikes
MediaMikes

The fact that The Adjustment Bureau asks deeper questions is admirable, and it does so about an onscreen couple actually worth caring about.

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A bit muddled through the middle third and a Hollywood-like ending make for a good, though not a brilliant film.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Eventually the whole thing feels a little too silly to be able to take any of its inherent concerns meaningfully.

July 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

What's intriguing is that this is essentially a sweet love story coated in a layer of Phillip K Dick.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard

The Bureau's dictat is certainly a blow to the notion, held by a few lunatics, that there's nothing more important in life than being happy. Apparently it's more important to be ambitious and attain some sort of status.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray | Comments (3)
The Ooh Tray

Too bad the film doesn't have anything else to offer besides the chemistry between the photogenic leads, the handsome location shooting and the usual bromides ...

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com | Comment (1)
MSN.com

The Adjustment Bureau offers an interesting sci-fi premise that will intrigue in its metaphysical nature, yet that intrigue is not repaid as the move becomes a glossy, effects-driven love story.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Nolfi and his colleagues make especially good use of New York, filming everywhere from the Brooklyn waterfront to the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art. It's a fresh look at a familiar city. But Nolfi drops the ball in the home stretch, and that's...

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

... in the long list of films translating and transforming the stories of the ubiquitous Philip K. Dick, this falls in the 'Watchable but Disappointing' category.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

Paranoia never looked so good.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Audience Reviews for The Adjustment Bureau

The Adjustment Bureau is an interesting love-drama that is powered by the chemistry of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The script is alternative and may not be fully comprehensive to most audiences. But the film is solid and interesting to see. 4.5/5
July 23, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Star-crossed lovers are kept apart by an omniscient bureau because their perfect, fulfilling love will dampen all other desires, including their respective ambitions to attain professional success in politics and DANCE.

I don't particularly buy that thesis, nor that the universe wouldn't have better things to do than keep Matt Damon and Emily Blunt apart, but the light chase movie is kinda fun, cutesy, and dangerous but not so dangerous that a happy ending isn't ensured.
April 24, 2013
aliceinpunderland

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A spectacular, stylish, thought-provoking and highly entertaining romantic thriller. I loved this movie. It`s smartly paced, character driven and vastly original that dose not go over the limit or try to be more than what it is. It the perfect blend of sci-fi mystery, thrills and romance. It has your attention from the start all the way to the finish and dose not stop to catch its breath. An instant classic. Director, George Nolfi crafts a superb and dazzling genre piece. A sensational masterwork. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt give such terrific performances, their chemistry is passionate, compelling and romantic. They are a screen couple that actually work.
January 8, 2013
allan913

Super Reviewer

A romantic in the secret of destiny conspiracy. The Adjustment Bureau rises on the strong, believable chemistry of its stars
December 3, 2012
    1. David Norris: What ever happened to free will?
    2. Thompson: We actually tried free will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman Empire, we stepped back to see how you'd do on your own. You gave us the Dark Ages for five centuries... until finally we decided we should come back in. The Chairman thought maybe we just needed to do a better job of teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again. So we gave you the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution. For six hundred years we taught you to control your impulses with reason, then in 1910 we stepped back. Within fifty years, you'd brought us World War I, the Depression, Fascism, the Holocaust and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that point a decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn't fix. You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (14 months ago)
    1. Harry Mitchell: Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift, you'll never know how to use until you fight for it.
    – Submitted by Maricris P (2 years ago)
    1. David Norris: Look, whatever happens, I'm not gonna let anything come between us again.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
    1. Harry Mitchell: You're entire world has turned upside down and you're thinkin' about a woman.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (2 years ago)
    1. Thompson: You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.
    – Submitted by Nastassia J (2 years ago)
    1. David Norris: [laughing] It's a new phone.
    – Submitted by Joris G (2 years ago)
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