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Cloud Atlas (2012)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 252
Fresh: 166 | Rotten: 86

Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 51
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 30

Its sprawling, ambitious blend of thought-provoking narrative and eye-catching visuals will prove too unwieldy for some, but the sheer size and scope of Cloud Atlas are all but impossible to ignore.



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Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future. Each member of the ensemble appears in multiple roles as the stories move through time. -- (C) Warner Bros.

May 14, 2013


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All Critics (252) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (166) | Rotten (86) | DVD (3)

Whatever your age, even if life is an ocean made up of many drops, you may resolve that life is too short for this errant nonsense.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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A film which piles on the action, the romance, the philosophical inquiry and the silly accents until the viewer is left punch-drunk and reeling. Seriously, what's not to love?

February 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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They key to successfully absorbing the movie may be in not trying to overthink what's on screen.

October 28, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews | Comments (29)
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An eminently peculiar mismatch of substance and form, like a Hallmark card written by David Foster Wallace.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: The Atlantic | Comments (13)
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The result is maddening, exasperating, occasionally exhilarating -- and mostly boring.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (21)
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For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (22)
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When the narratives are formally compared as an expression of karma and reincarnation, the juxtaposition is vacuous.

August 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

This is a film that will be enjoyed most by people who haven't seen many other films.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Personally, I felt ennobled by the inspiring ideas, and captivated by the impressive performances both in front of and behind the camera.

July 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

A movie that transcends all structure for a meaning much deeper than can ever be written in clarity.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

A scattershot film that courageously tries to incorporate as much of the novel as possible, only to find it doesn't translate well from the page.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Like a fitted coat worn by someone it wasn't tailored for, parts of Cloud Atlas bulge out, overstretched, begging for more material, while other sections hang laughably loose.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

It would be an excellent advertisement for you to read the book, if you hadn't just ruined it by watching the movie.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

With Hollywood in its current conservative mode, recycling tired franchises left and right, it's tempting to applaud the sheer out-there-ness of Cloud Atlas.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Seven Days
Seven Days

It's an exercise in monotony...

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Cloud Atlas is a mesmerizing piece of art that experimentally pushes the medium of film to daring new heights.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

It's kind of fascinating to watch a vaunted Oscar quartet embarrass itself under the delusion that it's communicating something IMPORTANT!

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

A true gem.

May 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Racket
Film Racket

Despite the fact that ot sometimes looks like $102 million celebrity dress up party where Tom Hanks got a really good bulk deal on latex noses Cloud Atlas sometimes strikes moments of sheer beauty.

April 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

A little too unfocused at times, there's something deeply involving about this time-spanning romantic thesis.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

An epic, genre-hopping, unique adventure that effectively shoe-horns six films into one...Cloud Atlas achieves that rarest of all things for a film this big: it is engaging and consistently entertaining as well as providing brain food.

March 17, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

...few films have ever been this weird, this epic and this disjointed.

March 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

It's not often we're given something that looks so dazzling, features such an impressive, eclectic cast, and which will leave your noggin buzzing with ideas.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

For a long, sprawling, high-concept, philosophical, stylistic mash-up of a film, Cloud Atlas is impressive and thought-provoking without ever being pretentious.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Mercury
The Mercury

A think piece linking past, present and future that's surprisingly haunting and moving in its delivery.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

Audience Reviews for Cloud Atlas

A misunderstood masterpiece.
August 2, 2014
Joseph Brightly

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Everything Is Connected.

Good Movie! It is a movie that is a product of our age of internet-driven universal knowledge and vision, and the freedom we have to travel the world and jump between ages, genres, images and identities at our will. It reminds us that we are human and that we can still hear our heart beat, if we listen.

Everything is connected: an 1849 diary of an ocean voyage across the Pacific; letters from a composer to his lover; a thriller about a murder at a nuclear power plant; a farce about a publisher in a nursing home; a rebellious clone in futuristic Korea; and the tale of a tribe living in post-apocalyptic Hawaii, far in the future.
June 13, 2014
Manu Gino

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The Wachowski brothers' sprawling epic tells the tales of a disparate collection of characters spread over centuries, from a murder plot on a 19th century slaving ship through to a post-apocalyptic far future. The many stories are told in parallel but share common themes and the leading actors play many different parts of different races and even gender thanks to some clever make up effects. The film weighs in at just under three hours and is very wordy, but maintains the attention as it is constantly flitting between the plots which may sound confusing, but they are so different in style and content it is actually quite easy to follow. It's not without its flaws; I found the future-speak and drawling accents of the Valley sequences incomprehensible and none of the stories have quite enough meat on them to become truly involving, especially considering the fact that we rarely stay with them for any real length of time. But Cloud Atlas is nothing if not ambitious and its originality and vision is to be commended in this era of production line, factory-farmed 12 certificate blockbusters.
April 29, 2014
xGary Xx

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I heard the book was good. I found the movie very slow going despite the frantic activity in the beginning.
February 17, 2014
Bathsheba Monk
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    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Sonmi-451: Our lives are not our own. we are bound to others, past and present. And by each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.
    – Submitted by Maryam Z (8 months ago)
    1. Haskell Moore: No matter what you do it will never amount to anything more than a single drop in a limitless ocean.
    2. Adam Ewing: What is an ocean but a multitude of drops?
    – Submitted by Jeran T (9 months ago)
    1. Sonmi-451: If I had remained invisible, the truth would stay hidden.
    – Submitted by Jordan H (12 months ago)
    1. Haskell Moore: There is a natural order to this world, and those who try to upend it do not fare well.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (15 months ago)
    1. Sonmi-451: Truth is singular. Its "versions" are mistruths.
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