The Adjustment Bureau (2011)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: George Nolfi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 21, 2011
Box Office: $62.5M
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as David Norris

as Elise Sellas

as Harry Mitchell

as Richardson

as Charlie Traynor

as Thompson

as Suburban Mom

as Suburban Mom

as Suburban Neighbor

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as U.S. Coast Guard Off...

as Political Consultant

as Political Consultant

as Albert, Campaign Ai...

as Robyn, Campaign Aid...

as Senior Campaign Aide

as Norris Supporter

as Norris Supporter

as Christine, Charlie'...

as Man in Madison Squar...

as Bus Driver

as Bus Passenger

as Bus Passenger

as Bus Passenger

as RSR Receptionist

as Burdensky

as Junior Partner

as Junior Partner

as Brooklyn Ice House B...

as Johnny from Red Hook

as Maitre D' Paul De Sa...

as New Leaf Waiter

as New Leaf Waitress

as Taxi Driver

as Police Officer Maes

as Police Sergeant

as Onieals Waitress

as Lauren, Elise's Bes...

as Donaldson's Aide

as Orthopedic Surgeon

as Adrian Troussand, E...

as Cedar Lake REception...

as Court Registrar

as Thompson's Aide

as Thompson's Aide

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as New Yorker in Courth...

as County Clerk

as Court Officer

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Critic Reviews for The Adjustment Bureau

All Critics (248) | Top Critics (46)

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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

These two crazy, impetuous kids clearly belong together. Too bad the science-fiction plot says otherwise.

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

a fantastic piece of science fiction told in the flavor of a classic Twilight Zone episode

Full Review… | September 4, 2013
7M Pictures

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

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2013
Tribune News Service

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

Eugene Bernabe
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.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


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.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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