Elysium Reviews

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Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
August 23, 2013
It's great to watch an original blockbuster with some ideas in its head. It's just a pity, and a ironic, that for a film about humanity there's not more human interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
August 22, 2013
A ripping, gripping fable about two worlds in a dreary future that doesn't seem as far out of synch with today, or as far away, as we might like to think.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 22, 2013
This is a film with potentially interesting ideas undone by underdeveloped world building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 22, 2013
You don't know where to look next, or to listen, in this movie. Every actor seems to have come from a different rehearsal room.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 22, 2013
Once the narrative grinds into gear ... the film's distinctive quality is lost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 22, 2013
Writer-director Neill Blomkamp's follow-up to District 9 is an engaging, fast-paced Sci-Fi thriller with a strong script, gripping action set-pieces, superb special effects work and a terrific central performance from Matt Damon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
August 22, 2013
A confident sidestep from District 9 rather than an ambitious leap forward, Elysium confirms Blomkamp as an expert genre director. Question is now: can he become more?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
August 21, 2013
A directorial oddity.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
August 21, 2013
In lesser hands, Elysium might have played like a Lib Dem manifesto with extra spaceships, but the South African filmmaker wants to explore ideas, not wave placards, and whether or not you agree with the film's politics, the fire in its belly is catching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
The rich have better insurance in solid but flawed action film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
August 21, 2013
Could have been so much more than it is
Andy Lea
Daily Star
August 21, 2013
There are eye-catching special effects and some tantalising early scenes. But Blomkamp seems to have got lost in his big pile of Hollywood dollars
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
August 21, 2013
In a disappointing season of bloated blockbusters, Elysium stands tall, a first-rate sci-fi thriller given extra heft by a heartening moral core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2013
Although many will enjoy the grisly violence and Damon's understated performance, what's most striking here is this one's fearless satire, and how it unexpectedly mirrors the situation in Australia when it comes to 'boat people.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 20, 2013
Packed with action and jarring visual toggles between the lives of the haves and the squalor of the have-nots, writer/director Neil Bloomkamp essentially overlays the concept of Fritz Lang's Metropolis with a ripping, ultra-violent class war.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Carnevale
The List
August 20, 2013
For the most part, Elysium is a thrilling blockbuster that marries intelligence with spectacle to striking effect and confirms Blomkamp as the new king of the genre in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
August 19, 2013
In a handful of aspiring filmmakers that have hard things to say about the state of our world and the histories we may be doomed to repeat, here is one who isn't afraid to confront the future head-on and match it with hardened criticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
August 19, 2013
Elysium is not a bad movie, but it doesn't seem to sense when we've had enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Alcock
Film4
August 19, 2013
Visually stunning and with flashes of inspired genius, Elysium shows promise but is let down by an uneven structure, weak characterisation and an over-reliance on extended fight scenes.
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
August 18, 2013
Damon is, as ever, thoroughly watchable but given its predecessor's smarts, Elysium fails to capture District 9's spirit or sense of originality and wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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