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Déjà Vu (2006)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 156
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 70

Tony Scott tries to combine action, science fiction, romance, and explosions into one movie, but the time travel conceit might be too preposterous and the action falls apart under scrutiny.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 19

Tony Scott tries to combine action, science fiction, romance, and explosions into one movie, but the time travel conceit might be too preposterous and the action falls apart under scrutiny.

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Déjà vu: that flash of memory when you meet someone new who you feel you've known all your life or when recognize a place although you've never been there before. What if these feelings are actually warnings sent from the past or clues to the future? It is déjà vu that guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a cataclysmic bomb explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin discovers that what most people believe "is only in

Apr 23, 2007

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All Critics (161) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (70) | DVD (29)

Take away a couple of neatly staged action sequences and you're left with a callously measured slab of US jingoism that deals with the most horrific human tragedies in the most lunk-headed and insulting way possible.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I felt cheated.

December 4, 2006 | Comments (3)
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Rarely have [producer] Bruckheimer and [director] Scott been so upfront about insulting people's intelligence.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Nobody looks cooler walking in slow motion through a crime scene while wearing sunglasses than Denzel Washington -- but even the great Denzel can't save Déjà Vu.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The fleetingly satisfying Déjà Vu is ultimately a self-fulfilling prophecy.

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comment (1)
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Pretty dazzling, as action adventures go, even when it's wildly, almost defiantly, implausible.

November 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Déjà Vu is a gimmick picture, pure and simple. It tries hard to graft an emotional story of lost chances onto the gimmick, but ultimately the gimmick wins out.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

An intriguing proposal squandered on a well-oiled hack mechanism

August 28, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The time machine element of the movie gets hokey, but the visuals are intriguing and director Tony Scott wrenches suspense and tension from every scene.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Towards the end it gets a little tiresome and hokey. But the ride of the first two-thirds is well worth the journey.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Calgary Movies
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June 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Index.hr

Like its protagonist, you may find yourself wanting to see it more than once to appreciate how everything fits together - which earns Deja Vu the status of a classic, at least for the future.

June 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (5)
Film4

You'll get a headache from trying to apply plot logic to it . . .

May 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Comments (2)
Sci-Fi Movie Page

A mind-bogglingly stupid and phoney time-travel thriller conveniently set in a present-day politically correct, pre-9/11 fantasy world where Hollywood's idea of the perfect terrorist is a Timothy McVeigh-style white American male.

May 5, 2007
FulvueDrive-in.com

In spite of its title, few will want to hit rewind to visit the movie again.

May 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Even for time travel enthusiasts who'll see story holes big enough to drive the ferry through, this can be a fun movie. Just don't think too hard about it.

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

...we've seen it all before.

April 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

It's a hard movie to hate, just one that's far too easy to forget.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Certainly Tony Scott's best movie since Enemy of the State, and probably since the Tarantino-scripted True Romance.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Déjà Vu is one film that you'll be happy to revisit %u2014 whether it's to deconstruct the plot, pore over the science or just rerun as a great, engaging, adult adventure.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

O filme apresenta um conceito tão interessante que, confesso, a idéia de ver novas aventuras centradas nesta premissa é algo que me agradaria.

January 18, 2007
Cinema em Cena

The script, however, is a little less rickety than a FEMA trailer.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

It may not make total sense, but Déjà vu is a highly enjoyable, superbly made thriller. Like me, you may want to see it again

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

None of the cast are going to win Oscars for this, but then they're not meant to. Instead, all involved expertly keep the plot moving forward towards a reasonably satisfying ending.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Time-travel gimmick aside, the title is apt, because it feels like we've seen all of this before. Disappointing.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
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Innovative action with a plotline that doesn't know how to explain itself. Denzel's great as usual.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

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The Tony Scott/Denzel Washington team serve up a fast breaking time travel/love story about federal agents trying to stop a terrorist bombing in post Katrina New Orleans. Strains credulity, but hey, its a decent movie.
January 6, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is his name, and he works as an ATF agent in New Orleans. His current assignment is to catch a terrorist who bombed a ferry within the first five minutes of the film (thank God I didn't skip through the opening credits--that might've been the only attention-grabbing scene in the entire film). He is told about a superb technology that, Doug realizes, can do more than solve the crime: it will allow him to travel back in time to prevent the crime from happening.

With such incredible technology as one of the main plot subjects, one would think this film would be fairly short. This runs for a whole two hours, and with all the extraneous scenes it contains, it feels like even longer. In fact, this film makes the average crime mystery TV show, seem like a short video one would find on YouTube.

After seeing Denzel Washington and Tony Scott collaborate in UNSTOPPABLE, a slightly more recent film, I couldn't wait to see this film. Scott put the same amount of adrenaline into the production, but he couldn't fit it with the plot. For example: there was great, pulse-pounding music, but rather than being placed in the appropriate scenes, it's placed in scenes depicting Washington's character listening to his voicemail. How many double-takes this film drew from me, I could not count, but the ending drew the most, for sure.

Although this film was not interesting, the central concept was. The title may lead you to believe that this film is about time travel, and that's part of it. The technology used to solve crime does many things, such as the basic time travel, as well as the ability to spy on people, pause, rotate the view, and much more. Truly, this is what any FBI agent would want to use to solve a crime, and I applaud the filmmakers for putting their own technology to a purposeful use.

If you look at DEJA VU for looks and nothing else, it's amazing. Looking at it from a normal film-watching perspective, this isn't very enjoyable, and it's overly complex. Actually, maybe "complex" isn't the correct word. What I mean to say is that not much is explained at all. Just the slightest explanation fit into the two hours would have brought this from utter disappointment to solidity.

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December 13, 2011
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    1. Doug Carlin: Everything you have, you lose.
    – Submitted by Frances H (19 months ago)
    1. Doug Carlin: I'll speak slowly so those of you with PhD's can understand.
    – Submitted by Jonathan W (22 months ago)
    1. Doug Carlin: Woah! This is tripping.
    – Submitted by Nicholas R (2 years ago)
    1. Denny: Look, you know what happen's if you try this.
    2. Doug Carlin: We both know what happens if I don't.
    3. Doug Carlin: Well, not a lot of guinea pigs volunteer to die in the name of science.
    – Submitted by Santosh T (2 years ago)
    1. Denny: You don't have to do this.
    2. Doug Carlin: What if I already have?
    – Submitted by Santosh T (2 years ago)
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