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Looper (2012)



Critic Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is thrilling, Looper delivers an uncommonly smart, bravely original blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action.

Movie Info

In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. -- (C) Sonymore
Rating: R (for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Rian Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 31, 2012
Box Office: $66.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Bruce Willis
as Old Joe
Noah Segan
as Kid Blue
Xu Qing
as Old Joe's Wife
Tracie Thoms
as Beatrix
Frank Brennan
as Old Seth
Jon Eyez
as Gat Man
Cody Wood
as Looper
Jeff Chase
as Tall Gat Man
Ritchie Montgomery
as Bodega Owner
Dave Jensen
as Apartment Super
Josh Perry
as Farm Vagrant
Wayne Dehart
as Seth Vagrant
Rian Johnson
as Big Craig
Robert Harvey
as Parking Attendant
David Jensen
as Apartment Super
Summer Qing
as Old Joe's Wife
Wayne de Hart
as Seth Vagrant
Craig Johnson
as Big Craig
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News & Interviews for Looper

Critic Reviews for Looper

All Critics (248) | Top Critics (52)

I found myself dreaming of the days when Willis would take a rest from Die Hard-ing to do character cameos of unexpected depth and pathos: Pulp Fiction, Nobody's Fool, and a few others. Now he clings to stoic longevity, and shoots people.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Top Critic

That first hour cooks. And the second hour brings Emily Blunt into the story, which is a fine thing for any second half to offer.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just a bit... well, this headache's sort of worth it.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

While the film overshoots its landing by a mile, it's a worthwhile science fiction piece with no shortage of interesting ideas.

Full Review… | April 15, 2016

Rian Johnson is a very clever man, if sometimes a bit too clever for his own good.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Audience Reviews for Looper

A very smart and thought-provoking science-fiction that injects some thrilling action scenes in a compelling time travel narrative and deserves special praise for its great direction, fine acting and for respecting our intelligence like any first-rate sci-fi should.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Spoiler ------------------------------------Wasn't impressed with that stupid ending at all. I hated that you get to care about the younger and older looper and then it all gets thrown away at the end for that horrible brat. Sorry. Ruined the whole movie.
I agree, this movie does feel like it's in two separate parts, and for me it's all downhill when he gets to the farm and meets Emily Blunt's character.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Contract killers from the future are sent back in time to be terminated by their younger selves, but one man is able to escape certain death. Helluva twisty ride, and despite the time travel concept and JGL's ridiculous Bruce Willis make-up, it's much more sensical than Rian Johnson's debut "Brick." The first act still retains Johnson's penchant for quick cool patois, but it's used as straightforward exposition and not verbose McGuffins.

The second act relies on some icky "saved by the love of a good woman" tripe, but the introduction of Emily Blunt's character as a fiercely protective mother of the future's sociopathic despot is surprisingly raw and heartbreaking.

I wouldn't say the ending is predictable, but when it came, I thought, "Oooof cooourse. It's the most logical ending." So yeah, the movie is pretty satisfying as a whole, but the looping quality makes for a Terminator paradox. If "this" never happened, why would "that" need to happen in the future, you know what I mean?

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Looper Quotes

Joe: My life? Your life!
– Submitted by Idan N (3 years ago)
Joe: So I changed it.
– Submitted by Tomer H (3 years ago)
Old Joe: [speaks French]
Joe: What?
Old Joe: You'll get it someday. Well, obviously.
– Submitted by Zoe S (3 years ago)
Joe: It's like this whole town. Big heads, small potatoes.
– Submitted by John K (3 years ago)

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