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Oblivion (2013)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 227
Fresh: 122
Rotten: 105

Critics Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 23

Critics Consensus: Visually striking but thinly scripted, Oblivion benefits greatly from its strong production values and an excellent performance from Tom Cruise.


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 159,118


Movie Info

Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the visionary director of TRON: Legacy and producers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man's confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind. 2077: Jack Harper (Cruise) serves as a security repairmen stationed on an evacuated Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital … More

PG-13 (for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity)
Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Joseph Kosinski , Karl Gajdusek , Michael DeBruyn
In Theaters:
Aug 6, 2013
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Oblivion

All Critics (227) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (122) | Rotten (105) | DVD (3)

Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack.

Full Review… | March 3, 2014
Orange County Register
Top Critic

It takes more than an hour for Oblivion to become whatever it is the filmmakers think it's supposed to be.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Top Critic

In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Feels ever more grounded and stuck ...

Full Review… | April 29, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Was Cruise trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the honor of starring in the dumbest sci-fi epic ever?

Full Review… | April 22, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

If nothing else, "Oblivion" will go down in film history as the movie where Tom Cruise pilots a white, sperm-shaped craft into a giant space uterus.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Oblivion delivers a blast of midsummer heat to the middle of April. And, unlike many a potential blockbuster, it's full of ambition. Just try not to think about it too much.

Full Review… | September 30, 2014
Las Vegas Review-Journal

"Oblivion" has the kind of magpie fecundity you'd hope to find bursting from the pages of une bande dessinée freshly re-inked into English. But as a movie, it's like a terabyte farm of all the films Kosinski has ever steeped in.

Full Review… | April 9, 2014

In a film whose first frame is a memory, it uses its familiarity to us to its advantage. It's like making a sandwich the way your mom used to make them, achieving sense memory of past pleasures.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

A film whose beauty and emotional aspirations ultimately overpower the story problems it runs into along the way.

Full Review… | January 22, 2014
The Verge

What makes it watchable is Kosinski's (and cinematographer Claudio Miranda's) gift for breathtaking pictorial images -- plus, of course, Cruise's undiluted star power.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Sacramento News & Review

Joseph Kosinski's only previous credit was the visually rich but intellectually bankrupt Tron Legacy; and while this film is a bit more satisfying, it is driven only by its gorgeous visuals.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

As a piece of narrative, though, it's portentous, sluggish and fatally ungripping.

Full Review… | December 31, 2013

Kosinski's totality of vision may not look or feel entirely original but is striking and memorable all the same.

Full Review… | September 29, 2013

Are we really seeing a movie called "Oblivion" at all? Or is it merely a collection of concepts pulled from the likes of "Blade Runner," "Planet of the Apes," "Total Recall" and even the director's own "Tron: Legacy?"

Full Review… | August 20, 2013

Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion is far from original and instead acts as yet another genre rip-off that looks shiny and expensive, but is hollow and lifeless where it counts

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
We Got This Covered

Oblivion is a deliberate and beautifully crafted picture that embraces genre trappings without sacrificing the emotional heft of pure drama.

Full Review… | August 6, 2013

...beautifully designed but derivative science fiction that suffers more than it benefits from Tom Cruise's turbo-charged energy.

Full Review… | August 4, 2013

Amazing computer-generated imagery and a few nifty action beats, but suffers from a lack of human connection.

Full Review… | July 12, 2013

This visually beautiful film falters with a meandering plot.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Paying lip service to sci-fi tropes, this hapless futuristic romp pilfers liberally without adding any depth.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Cinema Sight

In the third act, motives and loyalties get twisted around so frequently that it becomes difficult to keep track of what anyone is fighting for in the first place.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013

That it can't match the classics it takes as inspiration shouldn't be used to condemn it too harshly.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013
Fan The Fire

Audience Reviews for Oblivion


Overall it was halfway decent. I honestly saw most of the plot twists coming, but the visuals and tech made up for it. I would recommend seeing it as a matinee or catching it in the 2nd run theaters

Matthew Comer

Super Reviewer


3 3/4's--Pretty good, and that's saying a lot for me...because I swore off Tom Cruise movies a long time ago. However, this one I stuck with. VERY confusing, but good at the same time. I most definitely needed someone with me (in this case my husband) to occasionally explain things to me. Overall, this was very entertaining. The CGI is amazing, and the plot kept me interested to the end...and it was a really nice ending, too.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


I think they had a good idea here but then when they actually got down to writing down the story it all just went wrong. It just didn't flow and there was "umph" to this film.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

Likable but ultimately forgettable. It's something we've seen before but with better graphics. How come so many world landmarks are all next to each other? How come the Empire State building is the only one left standing? Why didn't he keep the Dog? None of these questions matter, it's just easy viewing. I like the way they tied it all up at the end though, as average as it is, it's probably one of the best film endings of the year so far in my opinion. How cool would it be to live in a sky house!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Oblivion Quotes

Jack Harper:
This is bullshit. We won the war. Now we have to leave
– Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)
Tower 49, this is Mission Control, how ya'll doing this lovely morning?
Victoria "Vika" Olsen:
Another day in paradise Sally!
– Submitted by James W (12 months ago)
Jack Harper:
How can a man die better?
You don't have to die, Jack. She doesn't have to die.
Jack Harper:
Everybody dies, Sally. The thing is, to die well.
– Submitted by Deepen T (14 months ago)
Jack Harper:
What Horatius said was, "How can a man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers and the temples of his gods."
– Submitted by jon h (15 months ago)
Jack Harper:
Yes Sally we are an effective team.
– Submitted by Josia D (17 months ago)
Jack Harper:
I am Jack Harper. And I am home.
– Submitted by Brandon M (18 months ago)

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