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Cloud Atlas Reviews

David Thomson
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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?

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2013
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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They key to successfully absorbing the movie may be in not trying to overthink what's on screen.

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

October 28, 2012
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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An eminently peculiar mismatch of substance and form, like a Hallmark card written by David Foster Wallace.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

October 26, 2012
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The result is maddening, exasperating, occasionally exhilarating -- and mostly boring.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

October 26, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2012
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Felicitous moments can't break through the dark nebula of self-importance around Cloud Atlas ...

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2012
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Sumptuous visuals and audacious acting, but the quasi-profound message of cosmic connectedness isn't worth all the trouble.

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

October 26, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Exciting, exhausting and energizing, a brazen film that leaves somber cinema seeming too passive for its own good. This is a movie as big as life itself.

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

October 26, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Cloud Atlas" deserves praise if only for not being the baggy, pretentious disaster it could have been in other hands.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 26, 2012
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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he best thing about Cloud Atlas is that it could, and should, turn into a properly divisive film... but one has to ask: does it allow for immersion? Even as we applaud the dramatic machinery, are we being kept emotionally at bay?

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 25, 2012
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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It will aid your experience of the swirling, sweeping dramatic adventure Cloud Atlas, if you embrace the idea of being a little bit lost.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2012
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Enormous in length and scope, a film whose purpose doesn't even begin to come into focus until two hours in.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The cumulative effect is one of spectacle over substance.

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

October 25, 2012
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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It's a polarizing, ambitious, sometimes beautiful and occasionally maddening epic.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Galumphing and heavy-handed, its rare flights of lyricism stranded between long stretches of outright risibility.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 25, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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It's funny, violent and prodigiously romantic; it has immense heart and more gorgeous cinematic moments than I can describe.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 25, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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It plays like a gargantuan trailer for a movie still to be made (one that, given the same ratio, would be 86 hours long).

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 25, 2012
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Finally, what sinks "Cloud Atlas" is not the largeness of its ambitions but the lack of skill it displays in terms of writing, directing and acting.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Did you hear the one about the Zen master who walks up to a hot dog cart, scans the menu, and asks the vendor to "make me one with everything"?

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

October 25, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Cloud Atlas" offers more answers than it does questions, and by the end of its nearly three-hour running time - which flies by surprisingly fast, all things considered - it feels like the most feverishly expensive late-night college bull session ever.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2012
Bob Mondello
NPR
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Cloud Atlas is now a film, for better or worse. Mostly worse I'd say, but give these folks credit ...

Full Review Source: NPR

October 25, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Cloud Atlas creates awe about worlds seen and unseen, frequently bypassing the brain on the way to the heart and soul.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 25, 2012
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Take a collection of stories, connect them through portentous themes and watch it all spin. We've seen it before -Babel, anyone? - but nothing is quite like the daft, brazenly ambitious cosmic fantasia ofCloud Atlas.

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

October 25, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Three directors, plus six story lines, times five centuries equals one grandly conceived, impressively mounted megaflop.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 25, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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It isn't as complicated as it thinks.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

October 25, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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For all its strengths, the film is cursed by an ADD-style structure and a flashy but inevitably ineffective casting stunt.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

October 25, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Cloud Atlas" is superior filmmaking. Yes, it runs almost three hours - but you've probably seen 90-minute films that felt a lot longer.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 25, 2012
Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
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One man's ambitious, iconoclastic, like-nothing-ever-before-seen passion project is another man's Battlefield Earth.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 25, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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An incomprehensible mess, held together only by the elaborate stunt of having the same actors play wildly divergent roles in each story.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 25, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There are moments when it works wonderfully, but too many where it feels overlong and ponderous.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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If the talented Wachowskis are ever going to achieve true artistic nirvana, they're going to have to be more disciplined with their grand ideas, more ruthless in their rewrites.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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It's kind of astonishing that for all its ambition and accomplishment, and for the ostensibly subversive philosophy it pushes, "Cloud Atlas" ends up being just another platitudinous overblown pummel-you-into-submission movie-machine.

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

October 25, 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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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This is by no means the best movie of the year, but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket.

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

October 25, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made.

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

October 25, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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If you're interested in the sheer craft of filmmaking, Cloud Atlas is required viewing - a rare example of a movie getting by entirely on technique and creative bravado.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 25, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Cloud Atlas is a cornily enthralling sci-fi kaleidoscope.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 24, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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It's a puzzle I enjoyed piecing together, but when each tale came to a close and built up to what was intended to be a soaring, emotional climax, I felt no flutter in the chest or tingle up my spine.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

October 24, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A trash heap of rubber noses and implausible high school accents that give new meaning to the word "pretentious."

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 1/4

October 24, 2012
Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
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"Cloud Atlas" is a film where the creators' admirable reach exceeds their grasp. You may be getting six films for the cost of one, but it may not really be worth the price.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 24, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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There is a great deal of humbug about art and love in Cloud Atlas, but it is decidedly unlovable, and if you want to learn something about feeling, you're at the wrong movie.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 23, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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A bloated, pseudo-intellectual, self-indulgent slog through some notions that are really rather facile.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 23, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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These disparate tales have been listlessly smashed together in the hopes that something substantial will emerge.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 23, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The cast comes off like a third-rate stock company on the matinee after the night on which everyone got bombed on mescal (and possibly mescaline).

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

October 22, 2012
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The feeling persists that Tykwer and the Wachowskis made the picture to prove they could.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

September 12, 2012
Peter Debruge
Variety
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An intense three-hour mental workout rewarded with a big emotional payoff.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 11, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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It is so full of passion and heart and empathy that it feels completely unlike any other modern film in its range either measured through scope of budget or sweep of action.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 2012
Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
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Everything gets homogenized into a blandish whole, the impact of each story softened by the constant need to connect the dots.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 9, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
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'Cloud Atlas' is like the entire 'Matrix' trilogy in micro. It starts out absolutely brilliantly, then segues into a pretentious slog.

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

September 9, 2012
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