Minority Report Reviews

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
Top Critic
August 5, 2013

The worst thing about the new Steven Spielberg picture is the title, Minority Report. The best thing about it is pretty much everything else.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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August 5, 2013

High-concept science-fiction escapades often try to impose new ways of seeing, but Spielberg seems intent on blistering our optic nerves.

Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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August 5, 2013

For its stunning visuals and standout performances, Minority Report -- or at least the first three-fourths of it -- might just be the best movie so far this year.

David Ansen
Newsweek
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July 6, 2010

Ferociously intense, furiously kinetic, it's expressionist film noir science fiction that, like all good sci-fi, peers into the future to shed light on the present.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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June 4, 2007

A highly effective thriller whose futuristic panoramas rival those of A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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August 9, 2002

The director creates a vision of the future that's richly detailed and fascinating.

| Original Score: B
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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July 19, 2002

Cruise brings just the right shading of depth to his performance. He allows glimpses into Anderton's emotions but doesn't forget that, when all is said and done, this is an action movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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July 11, 2002

My own minority report is that it stinks.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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July 11, 2002

Final Report: Good, yes; great, no.

Rex Reed
New York Observer
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July 2, 2002

Shallow, noisy and pretentious.

Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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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
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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June 25, 2002

A movie of haunting images and mindless thrills.

David Edelstein
Slate
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June 22, 2002

While it strays from Dick's narrative, it nails the basic premise and some quintessential Dickian motifs.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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June 21, 2002

A classy, chilly quasi-Hitchcockian affair.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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June 21, 2002

Steven Spielberg creates a ghastly, frightening world in Minority Report, a world light -- or, rather, dark -- years away from the honeyed allegories and adventures he made earlier in his career.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
Top Critic
June 21, 2002

The most intelligently fun movie Spielberg has ever made.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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June 21, 2002

Minority Report won't go down as one of Spielberg's greatest films -- there are a few gaping holes in the plot, and some awkward attempts at humor. But it's a wonderfully chilly thrill ride while it lasts.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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June 21, 2002

This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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June 21, 2002

While the film, deftly imagined by screenwriters Scott Frank and Jon Cohen, doesn't entirely hold together, its dark, twisty chases and tricky puzzles have much more going for them than Spielberg's last foray onto similar turf.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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June 21, 2002

Spielberg's visual imagination has never been more splendid.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Anderson
Newsday
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June 21, 2002

A fast-moving, entertaining, thought-provoking film that leaves you feeling vaguely empty because it might have been a classic.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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June 21, 2002

The movie is a joy to watch.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic
June 21, 2002

The film reaches toward greatness but fails because it is too perfect a projection of its creator. Nevertheless, we should celebrate it, because this makes it -- flaws and all -- more valuable than 1,000 soulless, committee-hatched flicks.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Stark
Detroit News
Top Critic
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
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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June 21, 2002

Minority Report isn't Spielberg's best film by a long laser shot. But it may be an even bolder statement than his mostly brilliant yet roundly rejected A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

| Original Score: 3/4
Steven Rosen
Denver Post
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June 21, 2002

Spielberg's realization of a near-future America is masterful. This makes Minority Report necessary viewing for sci-fi fans, as the film has some of the best special effects ever.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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June 21, 2002

Cruise will never be a master thespian, but there's no one better at putting across the charisma of control, and the opening sequence of Report is an astonishingly fluid demonstration of his gifts.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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June 21, 2002

A terrifically entertaining specimen of Spielbergian sci-fi.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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
Mike Clark
USA Today
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June 21, 2002

It's hard to imagine wanting anything more -- even from a Cruise-Spielberg matchup.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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June 21, 2002

This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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June 21, 2002

A heart-pounding experience that makes you think and contains a gallery of characters that will haunt your nightmares for years to come.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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June 20, 2002

Breathtaking and disturbing.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

The film is magnificently creepy, a calculated bad dream that stays with you like the best of Roger Corman.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

Some may quibble that the 144-minute length accommodates at least one too many endings. But such quibbling will diminish in view of the film's overall impact.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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June 20, 2002

Gives us a lot to chew on, but not all of it has been properly digested.

Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

This one blends the best aspects of the mature Spielberg's often warring personality.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

Spielberg does a masterful job of building the dramatic tension while drawing us deeper and deeper into Anderton's nightmare. The futuristic touches in the film are wonderful.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

A film that can get you high on the sheer magic and exhilaration of making movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

Spielberg and Cruise are back to top form.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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June 20, 2002

There's something auspicious, and daring, too, about the artistic instinct that pushes a majority-oriented director like Steven Spielberg to follow A.I. with this challenging report so liable to unnerve the majority.

Full Review | Original Score: B
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
Top Critic
June 20, 2002

Rivals some of Spielberg's top adventure/science fiction epics, such as Close Encounters and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Todd McCarthy
Variety
Top Critic
June 19, 2002

The film's success is in line with what American films historically have done best, which is to excitingly tell a strong story with high style and just enough substance.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
June 19, 2002

Spielberg's sharpest, brawniest, most bustling entertainment since Raiders of the Lost Ark and the finest of the season's action epics.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic
June 19, 2002

A masterful work infused with beautiful and haunting visuals, outstanding performances from Tom Cruise and a gifted supporting cast -- and a story that challenges the mind and engages the spirit.

Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
June 18, 2002

Astonishing... [frames] profound ethical and philosophical questions in the form of dazzling pop entertainment.

Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
June 17, 2002

One of [Spielberg's] most compelling and entertaining films ever.