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Looper (2012)



Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 247
Fresh: 230 | Rotten: 17

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


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 50
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 4

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



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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) Sony

Dec 31, 2012


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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.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source:
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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.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just a bit... well, this headache's sort of worth it.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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The reasoning behind all this may not reward prolonged inspection, but Johnson is smart enough to press onward with his plot, leaving us with neither the time nor the desire to linger over the logic ...

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (2)
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Writer-director Rian Johnson establishes himself as an original talent who clearly believes storytelling must prevail.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (6)
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This is the real deal, folks - intelligent, humorous, exciting entertainment that happens to be sci-fi but is by no means limited to that genre's target audience in terms of appeal.

July 17, 2013 Full Review Source:

This is a wildly entertaining film that isn't content with science and cinematic tricks. It desires, and achieves, much more.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

The ending is both daring and logical, two rarities in modern sci-fi.

May 26, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

With a heady script, stunning performances and fist-pumping action, LOOPER is the most enjoyable combination of immensely watchable yet poignant, even cerebral.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

If it weren't for its gaping plot holes, this could be one of this century's best science fiction features.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A fresh, intelligent and action-packed addition to the time-travel anthology.

March 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Not quite the time travel story science fiction fans were hoping for, alas.

January 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

[Looper] may be the best sci-fi thriller to hit the theaters since 1995's Twelve Monkeys.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Is it derivative? Not really; just a reminder that cinema, like history, is on a continuous loop, forever repeating itself.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Despite its confusing logic and ornate storyline, Looper still grabs the audience with the raw emotional storyline on the farm and the constant popping back and forth in time. It's a head-scratching ride, but a fun one nonetheless.

January 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Call it the coolest, most complex sci-fi of 2012 and the best movie of its kind since "Inception." Pow! What a ride!

January 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Chambers
Movie Chambers

Accessible to a general audience while still having moments that will warm any film geek's heart, this is the kind of genre film that elevates the form.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch

The movie is morally murky, to put it lightly, and that's a bit refreshing; we're made to think about why we want the protagonists to achieve their goals.

December 17, 2012 Full Review Source:

Intelligent, extremely imaginative, visually stunning and constantly surprising, this is filmmaking of the highest order from Rian Johnson.

December 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Looper is among the cleverest, most skillfully crafted and entertaining sci-fi thrillers of the past 20 years.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

The smartest, most stylish and most outright entertaining science-fiction film of the year.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
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Audience Reviews for Looper

i loved watching this movie. however, the flaw in the logic at the end is too much for the film to overcome. well shot, well acted, and the story was very engaging and far more purposeful than most sci-fi films, but it fell apart.
June 26, 2014
danny d

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It is rare that I go into a movie with high hopes and walk out with my expectations exceeded. This movie is action-packed, smart, and intense. The plot is incredibly intriguing, providing the most interesting take on gangsters I have ever seen. The film is dark and bold, and leaves the viewer in awe on multiple occasions. Although the movie has its plot flaws, it takes a director like Rian Johnson to skillfully embrace its flaws and build from there. The transformation of Joe's character throughout the film is thoughtful and brilliant. Scenes range from action packed to drama filled to nail-bittingly suspenseful. This is to this date, the greatest Sci-Fi film I have ever seen, and easily one of my favorite movies of all time.
June 5, 2014
Nikhil N.
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Time travel sci-fi is one of my fav motifs, one where you actually have to do something really stupid to turn me away ... this film does not do that. This film maybe also stretches physics some, but it engages the imagination too, so its easily forgivable.
Gordon-Levitt (who I only yesterday saw as a talented teen in 10 Things I Hate About You, my own bit of time travel) downplays playing Willis' past self and so capably anchors this interesting haiku poetry, meditation, about how time changes how we view our own lives. Willis is always good, but the film starts dipping deep when Blunt finally enters.
Really enjoyed this, and will be looking for more from the writer/director Johnson.
April 9, 2014

Super Reviewer

Joe: That's your life, not mine. So why don't you do what old men do and die...

"Face Your Future. Fight Your Past."

What a movie. Looper is a smart time travel movie that has a new concept and that doesn't get caught up in all the technical jargon of time travel. We're given the situation of how time travel is used in the future and then the movie just goes. It takes some surprising turns along the way and ends in about as satisfactory a way as I could have imagined, and also in away that I didn't expect which is always great.

Joe is a Looper in the future. Further into the future from where Joe exists, time travel has been invented, but it is extremely illegal. The only people who use it are criminal organizations who send back the people they want dead thirty years to a looper who promptly kills and disposes of the body, which doesn't technically exist yet. A pretty genius concept. There's a guy called the Rainman in 2074 who is closing all the loops though, which means sending the future self of each looper back to get killed by themselves. When Joe's future self arrives in the past, he escapes from his past self and now both Joe's are on the run from the boss. It definitely sounds more complicated than it really is which is a testament to the tremendous directing job of Rian Johnson who allows the film to be clear and not confusing.

There's a great cast at work here. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis both play Joe and both bring a nice mix up of tone to the film. Emily Blunt, one of my favorite actresses, is great as a rural farm owner who must protect her child. Jeff Daniels has a great, smaller role as the crime boss Abe. And Paul Dano has a very brief, but altogether great role as a looper who makes the same mistake Joe does.

This is an absolute can't miss. I was completely blown away by the originality and brain of the movie. I can't recommend it enough. If you're at all a fan of time travel movies, this one is sure to be a new favorite in the sub genre. 
December 7, 2013
Melvin White

Super Reviewer

    1. Joe: My life? Your life!
    – Submitted by Idan N (17 months ago)
    1. Joe: So I changed it.
    – Submitted by Tomer H (17 months ago)
    1. Old Joe: [speaks French]
    2. Joe: What?
    3. Old Joe: You'll get it someday. Well, obviously.
    – Submitted by Zoe S (19 months ago)
    1. Joe: It's like this whole town. Big heads, small potatoes.
    – Submitted by John K (19 months ago)
    1. Old Joe: I don't want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we're going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws.
    – Submitted by Sawyer B (20 months ago)
    1. Joe: Then I saw it, I saw a mom who would die for her son, a man who would kill for his wife, a boy, angry & alone, laid out in front of him the bad path. I saw it & the path was a circle, round & round. So I changed it.
    – Submitted by Shyam N (20 months ago)
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