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Looper Reviews

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Claudia Connell
Daily Mail [UK]

The first half of writer/director Rian Johnson's film is gripping, but by the second half it's all become unbelievably confused and disjointed.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]

September 27, 2012
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire

A disappointment from an ingenious and intelligent filmmaker

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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The dystopian setting... makes for some bold cultural commentary, but as usual with Johnson, the engaging ideas feel like affectations rather than products of a fully developed sensibility.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 27, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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The second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following The Brothers Bloom) that looks great but meanders while doing it.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

September 27, 2012
Michael A. Smith

Kind of a reverse-"Terminator" without any of James Cameron's wit (or wisdom),

Full Review Source: MediaMikes | Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2012
Kirk Honeycutt

Intriguing conversation material but curiously cold and unsatisfying as drama.

Full Review Source: honeycuttshollywood.com | Original Score: 5

September 26, 2012
Tony Macklin

Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the loopy looper, has to time travel into another time to kill himself (Bruce Willis) so that he doesn't make bad movies. No, that's not it. So he can avoid Demi Moore. No. Oh, forget it.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

September 25, 2012
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It's a thriller with fantasy elements and if you disregard (or don't care about) the internal confusion of its world, you may find it works for you

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 23, 2012
Stephen Silver

Yet another rehash of the first "Terminator" film, revisiting the time travel genre without bringing a whole lot new to the table.

Full Review Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 27, 2012
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] As time-travel suspense thrillers go "Looper" is a pinch better than mediocre.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C+

September 23, 2012
Rubin Safaya

The transgression of internal logic suspends a faithfully observant viewer's disbelief more than Mr. Gordon-Levitt's glued on eyebrows.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com | Original Score: C

September 28, 2012
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

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

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page

January 21, 2013
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times

Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.

Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Original Score: 5/10

October 6, 2012
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

While Gordon-Levitt and Willis have a blast with the space-time issues and some funny dialogue, the movie loses steam after a solid start. 

Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

September 28, 2012
Dana Stevens
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Looper felt to me like a maddening near-miss ...

Full Review Source: Slate

September 28, 2012
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page

...a muddled echo of several other films where the filmmakers treated their ideas as something more than a gimmick.

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 26, 2012
David Thomson
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B-

May 26, 2013
Will Leitch

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

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: A-

June 23, 2013
Meredith Borders
Badass Digest

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

Full Review Source: Badass Digest

April 3, 2013
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