Looper Reviews

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Eric D. Snider
July 17, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Meredith Borders
Badass Digest
April 3, 2013

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

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
March 21, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Charity
Top Critic
January 4, 2013

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

Michael Burgin
Paste Magazine
January 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
January 4, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
January 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
January 4, 2013

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
January 1, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: A
Jason Gorber
December 28, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rob Gonsalves
December 17, 2012

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
December 4, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
November 2, 2012

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
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