Oblivion Reviews

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Christopher Lawrence
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 30, 2014

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 | Original Score: B
Ray Pride
Newcity
April 9, 2014

"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.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
Top Critic
March 3, 2014

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 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 | Original Score: B+
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014

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

Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 31, 2013

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
December 31, 2013

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 | Original Score: C
Anthony Quinn
Independent
December 31, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wesley Morris
Grantland
Top Critic
December 31, 2013

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

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
December 31, 2013

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

Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
September 29, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
August 20, 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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
August 12, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 6, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
August 4, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
July 12, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: C+
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013

This visually beautiful film falters with a meandering plot.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013

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.

Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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