Looper

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Looper Reviews

David Thomson
The New Republic
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June 14, 2013

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.

Tom Charity
CNN.com
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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 Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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October 1, 2012

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 ...

Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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September 30, 2012

Writer-director Rian Johnson establishes himself as an original talent who clearly believes storytelling must prevail.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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September 28, 2012

A mind-bending ride that is not afraid to slow down now and again, to explore themes of regret and redemption, solitude and sacrifice, love and loss. It's a movie worth seeing and, perhaps, going back to see again.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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September 28, 2012

Looper has more heart than Brick and the 2008 con-man flick The Brothers Bloom. Both fine achievements, they could also be described as viscerally cerebral.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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September 28, 2012

I'm a sucker for time-travel movies.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Dana Stevens
Slate
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September 28, 2012

Looper felt to me like a maddening near-miss ...

Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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September 28, 2012

It's a head flip of a time trip.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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September 28, 2012

This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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September 28, 2012

Johnson doesn't explain too much, but he explains just enough about how two people can be one person, and how the younger entity's actions, in real time, can affect the memory of the older entity.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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September 28, 2012

[It] may begin as a "Terminator"-like piece of time travel escapism, but ultimately gathers Old Testament-worthy force and fury.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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September 28, 2012

An indie-inflected popcorn movie with major brains, brilliant acting and a highly satisfying payoff, "Looper'' is the first must-see movie of the season.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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September 28, 2012

"Looper" looks like and is a blast; what's really cool is it's even more than that.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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September 28, 2012

Johnson's action scenes occasionally stumble, but the devilishly clever script makes "Looper" a thrilling, dizzying ride.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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September 28, 2012

The dialogue is as clever as the conceit.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 28, 2012

While "Looper" lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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September 27, 2012

This is a genuinely tough-minded and unpredictable movie, one of the fall's most enjoyable entertainments ...

Claudia Puig
USA Today
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September 27, 2012

It will likely have moviegoers gathering outside the theater afterward to hash out details of its intricately constructed universe.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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September 27, 2012

This is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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September 27, 2012

It's safe to predict that "Looper" will transform Mr. Johnson's career, and give pleasure to popeyed audiences for a long time to come.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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September 27, 2012

Mr. Johnson throws a lot at the screen, blasted corpses included, yet little here is as initially transfixing as Mr. Gordon-Levitt's mug.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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September 27, 2012

Even with its echoes of sci-fi thrillers past, from La Jette to The Terminator, Rian Johnson's mind bender feels fresh - fresh enough to be forgiven for sputtering off the rails in the final act.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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September 27, 2012

However long it takes to get your bearings, Looper is worth it. Bruce Willis expertly blends tough and tender and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at the top of his game in this rip-roaring mind-bender.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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September 27, 2012

"Looper" pedals furiously and largely successfully to keep our disbelief from crashing to the ground.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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September 27, 2012

There hasn't been much lately for those who crave some brain power along with their effects-driven firepower. Now comes Looper, the time-travel tease from Rian Johnson that is an immensely fun yet thought-provoking ride.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
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September 27, 2012

"Looper" is a superior genre film, an engrossing thriller that engages not only the senses, but our minds as well, just as good sci-fi should do.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeannette Catsoulis
NPR
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September 27, 2012

Looper is a self-consciously good-looking, profoundly silly movie that nevertheless comes off as high-minded.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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September 27, 2012

Looper grounds itself in the commonplace realities of moments ... and then takes off on wild flights of science fiction-y suspense. The combination is cool.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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September 27, 2012

Johnson wears his new maturity with confidence, delivering a tense, twisty story with an unexpected emotional wallop.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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September 27, 2012

The second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following The Brothers Bloom) that looks great but meanders while doing it.

Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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September 27, 2012

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.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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September 27, 2012

Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, they take us on a helluva trip.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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September 27, 2012

A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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September 27, 2012

Though this is a shadowy, violent film, Johnson wisely inserts just enough humor to create shades of gray rather than blackness.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Noel Murray
AV Club
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September 27, 2012

This is a "you know what would be cool?" movie that considers the real-world ramifications of its science-fiction whiz-bang, and a film of ideas that doesn't skimp on the action.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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September 27, 2012

"Looper" weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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September 26, 2012

Looper imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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September 26, 2012

Good news: Not only is the smart, sexy, sophisticated but still slam-bang sci-fi action-thriller not dead, it's just gotten itself a potent shot in the arm by way of writer-director Rian Johnson.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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September 26, 2012

The best advice is to not overthink "Looper," as Johnson's already done that. Instead, just sit back and enjoy it.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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September 26, 2012

Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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September 26, 2012

Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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September 25, 2012

In short, for all its affectionate pastiche, Looper is a humanist movie, and is all the better for it.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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September 25, 2012

Looper tries (and fails) for a love-against-all-odds resonance, but the shortcomings are minimal. Johnson's still got plenty of unlooped time to grab that brass ring.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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September 25, 2012

This is a hugely satisfying, enjoyable and thought-provoking piece of work.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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September 24, 2012

If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, you'll have yourself a time.

Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
Top Critic
September 6, 2012

Stitched together with dynamism and precision

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Peter Debruge
Variety
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September 6, 2012

[Rian Johnson's] grandly conceived, impressively mounted third feature shows a giddy, geeky interest in science-fiction, then forces it into the back seat and lets the multidimensional characters drive.

Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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September 6, 2012

Rian Johnson's third and most ambitious feature keeps the action popping while sustaining interest in the long arc of a story about a man assigned to kill the 30-years-older version of himself.