When the narratives are formally compared as an expression of karma and reincarnation, the juxtaposition is vacuous.
| Original Score: 2/5
This is a film that will be enjoyed most by people who haven't seen many other films.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Personally, I felt ennobled by the inspiring ideas, and captivated by the impressive performances both in front of and behind the camera.
| Original Score: A-
A movie that transcends all structure for a meaning much deeper than can ever be written in clarity.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
It would be an excellent advertisement for you to read the book, if you hadn't just ruined it by watching the movie.
| Original Score: C
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.
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.
| Original Score: 6/10
It's an exercise in monotony...
Cloud Atlas is a mesmerizing piece of art that experimentally pushes the medium of film to daring new heights.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It's kind of fascinating to watch a vaunted Oscar quartet embarrass itself under the delusion that it's communicating something IMPORTANT!
A true gem.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
A little too unfocused at times, there's something deeply involving about this time-spanning romantic thesis.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
...few films have ever been this weird, this epic and this disjointed.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
For a long, sprawling, high-concept, philosophical, stylistic mash-up of a film, Cloud Atlas is impressive and thought-provoking without ever being pretentious.
A think piece linking past, present and future that's surprisingly haunting and moving in its delivery.