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The Adjustment Bureau Reviews

Leah Rozen
TheWrap
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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 Source: TheWrap

October 7, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 4, 2011
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Damon and Blunt give such terrific performances you might almost forgive the movie's dopey ending.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 19, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

March 9, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 4, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

March 4, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Sometimes, a strong premise makes for a weak movie, which ends up drowning in its own clever conceit.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It's hard to imagine a more spectacularly silly film making it to theaters this year than The Adjustment Bureau.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: D+

March 4, 2011
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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The Adjustment Bureau presents itself as a paean to free will, to overcoming obstacles, to creating your own destiny-provided, that is, that you happen to be a dude.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

March 4, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Because the chemistry between Damon and Blunt is so strong, what might have been a jumble of Matrix-style oddments comes across instead as ardent.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

March 4, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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The Adjustment Bureau has you pondering the angles throughout, and it's a credit to newly minted director George Nolfi that he never lets his foot off the gas pedal.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

March 4, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The misleading trailers for the supremely goofy "The Adjustment Bureau" promise action-packed sci-fi. What you actually get is a love-struck Matt Damon running for the US Senate as he's stalked by fedora-wearing angels.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A smart, stylish thriller that melds science fiction, romance and Hitchcock-ian intrigue with surprising ease.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 4, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Adjustment Bureau" is a smart and good movie that could have been a great one if it had a little more daring.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Suspenseful, romantic and wryly funny, "The Adjustment Bureau" is the kind of film that reaffirms one's faith in Hollywood.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

March 4, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Easily one of the best American love stories of the past year.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

March 3, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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You can feel the influence of classic American movies like "North by Northwest" and "The Graduate" here, and while I won't argue that Nolfi matches those examples, his ambition is admirable.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 3, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Whether running or kissing or running and kissing (well, almost), Mr. Damon and Ms. Blunt turn romance into a palpable race.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2011
Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
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A thoughtful and thought-provoking romance with a touch of the fantastic.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

March 3, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The premise is so mind-boggling and fraught with implications that it tends to obviate the action mechanics of the last couple reels.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 3, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Two movies for the price of one, though only one of them -- a fragmented romance within a ponderous parable -- qualifies as a bargain.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 3, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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'The Adjustment Bureau' misses by a mile. Despite heroic efforts by Damon and the lovely Blunt to build a plausible love story, the movie dissolves into silliness.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 3, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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The Adjustment Bureau isn't a somber, elegant meditation on free will and destiny like Blade Runner (another adaptation of a Philip K. Dick work). But at its most winning it doesn't try to be.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 3, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Nolfi's movie works on an interesting scale and a disarmingly gentle spirit, even though it's being sold as a hard-charging romantic thriller. I like it; I hope it finds an audience.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Where the drama falters, the romance rises. Damon and Blunt make a smart and sassy pair. You want them to be together even if it does mean that their political and artistic futures will be thwarted and history will be denied.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2011
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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What results, against some odds, is an intriguing entertainment.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film bristles with the sort of contrivances that could incite derisive snickers. Yet it moves with such brisk self-assurance that the chuckles arrive only at a few comedic rest stops.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An elegant fantasy, only slightly marred by rather too much science-fiction explanation.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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The science is murky but the chemistry is strong.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A lively premise turned into an inert and uninsistent film by screenwriter and rookie director George Nolfi.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Whether this movie works for you largely depends on whether you're willing to work for it. To which I say: Bring your gym clothes.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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It's like The Matrix, as remade by the Hallmark Channel.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

March 3, 2011
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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...the over-explained softened edges of the story turn what could have been an exceptional brain-bender into a good, but fairly standard-issue heart-warmer.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 3, 2011
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
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Nolfi's predilection for old-school cinematic technique over newfangled excess is refreshing and sometimes ingenious. And Damon and Blunt conjure a convincing chemistry.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 3, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It's about love conquering all. It's about people risking everything for a chance at romantic joy.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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I can't imagine anyone's ever speaking about this movie with fondness other than the people who made it, and maybe their close relatives.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

March 2, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It taps into your longing for the days when a sci-fi matrix could explain the world without making it a darker place.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

March 2, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Nolfi began his career as a writer, which perhaps explains why he tries to keep the action character-driven: the sweet chemistry between Damon and Blunt does at least make their romantic, potentially existence-threatening bond credible.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Matt Damon and Emily Blunt fall in love and flee shadowy figures in the immensely stylish romantic thriller The Adjustment Bureau. If only the ending lived up to the build-up.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 2, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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The zing here comes from echoes of The Manchurian Candidate, as well as the paranoid doominess of source author Philip K. Dick (whose 1954 short story gets completely revised).

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

March 2, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Mr. Nolfi, who is also making his debut as a director, is another unfortunate Christopher Nolan wannabe, so the movie is a preposterous muddle that borrows heavily from Inception, without a single original idea.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

March 2, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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It's too bad that "The Adjustment Bureau" is so flimsy, because Dick, as always, had a provocative idea, a pointed query about the role of chance in our lives.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 1, 2011
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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The so-called Plan is derailed!

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 1, 2011
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The doughy Damon and aristocratic Blunt don't match up physically, and they never get any Hepburn-Tracy rhythms going that might create some current.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

February 28, 2011
Justin Chang
Variety
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Questions of predestination and free will are intriguingly posed and clunkily answered in The Adjustment Bureau.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 25, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Big Brother fantasy with style and real feeling, courtesy of an excellent Matt Damon-Emily Blunt pairing.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 25, 2011
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