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Cloud Atlas Reviews

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Damien Straker
Impulse Gamer

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

Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer | Original Score: 2/5

August 6, 2014
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C

May 13, 2013
Will Leitch

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 23, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

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 Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 1/5

February 19, 2013
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade

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 Source: Toledo Blade | Original Score: 2/5

October 26, 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 Source: NECN | Original Score: C-

October 24, 2012
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk 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 Source: FilmDrunk | Original Score: C+

November 1, 2012
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

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 Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2/5

October 24, 2012
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

September 9, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

What was ornate on the page becomes doggerel in translation.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

October 17, 2012
A.A. Dowd
Time Out Chicago

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 Source: Time Out Chicago | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2012
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today

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 Source: Christianity Today | Original Score: 1/4

December 7, 2012
Siobhan Synnot

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

Full Review Source: Scotsman

February 18, 2013
Matt Neal
The Standard

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 Source: The Standard | Original Score: 2/5

July 3, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian

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 Source: The Washingtonian | Original Score: 5/10

October 26, 2012
Jason Zingale

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 25, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

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 Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 25, 2012
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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 Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: C+

October 26, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The movie doesn't really work, but it's fascinating in the ways it doesn't.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2012
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