Minority Report Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
Though his movie wraps challenging ideas and ingenious visual conceits in a futurist film-noir style, it's pretentious, didactic and intentionally but mercilessly bleak.
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2002
Minority Report is exactly what the title indicates, a report.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The fashionably fussy, funky veneer may convince some that the film's serious, but it's finally another chase pic, murky in detail, muddled in ideology and strangely predictable in dramatic thrust.
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 21, 2002
Minority Report aspires to more than mere mindlessness, but fails miserably, and as a result crystallizes nearly everything that I dislike about Spielberg's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
Spielberg's most unpleasant and derivative film, a nasty, tired, predictable affair that makes Hook look comparable to Schindler's List.
| Original Score: 0/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
June 22, 2002
Cold, unmoving, and desperately in need of a beating heart and a soaring soul, Minority Report is one of the most depressing disappointments of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 15, 2003
The action is fun, but the more you think about it, the slighter it feels and the more holes show.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record
June 21, 2002
The two main women in this film make the Pre-Crime Unit possible, but don't benefit themselves. Guess the future isn't that much different. The guys are still having all the fun, while the girls either make that possible or sit by and watch.
Nathaniel Rogers
CineScene.com
June 23, 2002
Spielberg is like a father who tells his kids scary bedtime stories but can't bear it if they have nightmares.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 19, 2002
Although...visually striking and slickly staged, it's also cold,grey, antiseptic and emotionally desiccated.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 20, 2002
Only the latest Spielberg film to work best as an analogy for his middle-late career.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 21, 2002
Minority Report is more humdrum than horrible. It isn't futuristic film noir; it's just everyday film beige.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 21, 2002
Cold and scattered, Minority Report commands interest almost solely as an exercise in gorgeous visuals. That's not vintage Spielberg and that, finally, is minimally satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Lovece
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 21, 2002
As with A.I., Spielberg's admirable intent is to create a prescient, serious science-fiction movie. But neither A.I. nor this film comes close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 30, 2002
Much of Minority Report is inspired, but the movie is also packed with oddball, overdone acting, the occasional clunker cliche and the feeling that Spielberg couldn't leave well enough alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
July 2, 2002
Shallow, noisy and pretentious.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 11, 2002
My own minority report is that it stinks.
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 9, 2003
Spielberg apparently can't resist throwing in a cheerful, make-em-weep ending, which pretty much ruins the movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
Andrew Manning
Radio Free Entertainment
January 13, 2003
Visually stunning and imaginative, this otherwise generic cop drama totally drops the ball when it comes to its most interesting and unique aspects of free will vs. pre-determination.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Amy Taubin
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
May 19, 2004
Lacking a consistent view of his source material, Spielberg pulls out all the stops by attempting to roll three wildly different genres -- action-adventure, psychological thriller, and futuristic tone poem -- into one film.
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