Cloud Atlas Reviews

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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer
August 6, 2014

When the narratives are formally compared as an expression of karma and reincarnation, the juxtaposition is vacuous.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C
Andy Lea
Daily Star
February 19, 2013

If you are going to baffle an audience for nearly three hours, you'd better make sure you have a damn good pay-off. But like the last two Matrix films, this peters out into embarrassing hippy drivel about reincarnation and cosmic interconnectedness.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
October 26, 2012

Cloud Atlas ... is most likely to suffer by its own technological hand, as today's CGI effects become dated relics, and with a finale that doesn't so much reward audiences as it does offer them relief that their trial of patience is over.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erick Weber
NECN
October 24, 2012

The Wachowskis' monumentally ambitious sci-fi time-hopper demands a superhuman level of dedication and patience but the payoff isn't worth the labor required to endure its nearly three-hour runtime.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
November 1, 2012

...like a three-hour, constantly shifting contradiction. You want to give it credit for all its dazzling imagery, but almost every actual idea it presents it eventually contradicts or leaves incomplete.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know
October 24, 2012

I was confused because I didn't know which story linked to which. Maybe I'm the dummy, but it felt like a mess. A sloppy soup that was good at first but became way too much to handle.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
September 9, 2012

Tom Tykwer and Andy and Lana Wachowski wanted to make a movie unlike any other, and they certainly did: Cloud Atlas is a unique and totally unparalleled disaster.

Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 17, 2012

What was ornate on the page becomes doggerel in translation.

A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago
October 25, 2012

Basically a three-hour montage, Cloud Atlas neutralizes involvement in its dovetailing dramas by treating every character as a point in some quasi-spiritual game of connect-the-dots.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013

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.

Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today
December 7, 2012

It is hard to think of another film in recent memory in which the accumulation of so much talent has rendered so little.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
February 18, 2013

This must have sounded great at some point, but it's really terrible to watch.

Matt Neal
The Standard
July 3, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
October 26, 2012

A gorgeously shot package that blends the past, present, and future into diverse, lushly imagined realities that at least manage the task of feeling like they're from a single work. If only that work actually succeeded in fulfilling its lofty aspirations.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
October 25, 2012

Unlike anything you've ever seen and probably ever will see again... [but] it's also bloated and incredibly self-indulgent.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 25, 2012

There's so much flash and grandeur in Cloud Atlas that it's difficult at first to see how little substance is behind it.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 26, 2012

Men play women. Women play men. Blacks play whites. An Asian plays a freckled Victorian. Bad accents flourish. And Hugo Weaving, whether he's a he, she, or ridiculous hoodoo leprechaun, is always the villain.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
October 25, 2012

The movie doesn't really work, but it's fascinating in the ways it doesn't.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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