Looper Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
The smartest, most stylish and most outright entertaining science-fiction film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

October 30, 2012
A thought-provoking, heart-pounding take on the applications and ethics of time travel which, oddly enough, doubles up as a lesson in the importance of good parenting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
October 26, 2012
This is one of those rare genre movies (like the original TERMINATOR) that reminds us that Sci-Fi can be smart. It's much more than just a bunch of special effects and explosions. It's what all movies should aspire to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laurence Boyce
The Sabotage Times
October 24, 2012
While it sometimes feels like it's trying to do much, Looper manages to be a creditable and exciting sci-fi flick that homages the past while carving out a unique identity.
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012
Much as he did in Brick, Johnson creates a carefully drawn world in Looper that exists by its own particular set of rules.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 18, 2012
... has an irresistible energy and a don't-give-a-damn unpredictability ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 17, 2012
Beautifully crafted, acted and written.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tom Clift
October 16, 2012
Anchors high-concept thrills and captivating ideas in a world of challenging morality and intricate personal consequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
October 10, 2012
Truly imaginative but all the twists and turns make the overall film difficult to follow. Plus Gordon-Levitt has not reached leading man status yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Michael A. Smith
October 9, 2012
Kind of a reverse-"Terminator" without any of James Cameron's wit (or wisdom),
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
October 9, 2012
An endlessly creative mind-blowing film that captures everything right about the movie going experience. Johnson conjures up the most imaginative action/science fiction film since 'Inception.'
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
October 9, 2012
Part science fiction, part mob movie, and with a nice infusion of dark comedy at just the right moments, Looper is Johnson's best movie yet, and manages to be hugely entertaining, affecting, and thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 9, 2012
takes us far beyond the film's high-concept premise into the kind of emotional terrain that too often escapes even the best genre filmmakers
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Wright
October 8, 2012
Doesn't quite reach the heights of the lofty ideals that it so ardently seeks to expound, but makes up for this with the sheer thrill of the journey Rian Johnson takes us on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 6, 2012
Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Bill Clark
October 6, 2012
Engaging, exciting, and successfully cross-breeding elements of Terminator and even Pet Sematary, Looper is a solid work of palatable science-fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 6, 2012
Looper's super. An action-thriller that bothers to have a brain.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 6, 2012
Looper may not take us back to the future as satisfyingly as Robert Zemeckis' Marty McFly trilogy or James Cameron's Terminator franchise, but writer-director Rian Johnson does enough right to all but guarantee that he has a future cult film on the books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2012
The best time travel films play on emotion rather than logic, and once Looper realises this and drops all the tail-chasing about how time travel works it settles into the engrossing action/drama about destiny it should have been from the get go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 5, 2012
Has more depth, smarts, and heart than the usual sci-fi bluster.
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