Looper Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Rian Johnson is a very clever man, if sometimes a bit too clever for his own good.
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
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
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Tom Charity
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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