Source Code Reviews

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Andrew Barker
Variety
Top Critic
March 12, 2011

Solid execution and some provocative ideas can't save Source Code from a fatal hubris, as it thinks itself far more clever than it actually is and assumes it's earned emotions at which it's only hinted.

Jordan Hoffman
UGO
March 14, 2011

Duncan Jones hits the sophomore slump with Source Code

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Radheyan Simonpillai
AskMen.com
April 1, 2011

Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan are fine actors stuck doing routines. They don't have the chemistry to make Source Code more than just a half-assed film formula.

Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Jim Vejvoda
IGN Movies
March 11, 2011

Source Code's Groundhog Day meets Minority Report premise is definitely intriguing, but its gaps in logic and arbitrary rules about the source code ultimately do the film in.

Full Review | Original Score: 2 1/2 stars
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
March 31, 2011

Source Code certainly gives the audience a lot to chew on. But very little of it is digestible.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
March 11, 2011

Where Moon was a marvel of restraint and working within limits, Source Code suffers from a scale no one seems able to control.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
April 1, 2011

By finding everything but a more universal purpose for all this right-minded rigmarole, we lose at least part of the movie's motivation.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
January 3, 2012

Jones' conception of how the universe works pretty much eliminates the possibility of drama.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 31, 2011

[S]omething Roger Corman would have made for $4.98 in 1974 now given a megabudget and movie-star treatment but not as much thought or sass as Corman would have given it...

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 1, 2011

A tepid sci-fi thriller.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elvis Mitchell
Movieline
March 31, 2011

Saddled with CG effects that will only be passable on your smart phone, or from the back seat of a minivan, it's as if the looniness of the Code plot is out to undermine the highly wound, tightly cut beginning -- the camera shakes from too much adrenaline.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
April 1, 2011

The problem with "Source Code" is the idea of "Source Code."

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
April 1, 2011

A slick, cerebral and - most of all - dull as hell sci-fi calamity. As far as excitement is concerned, this is like pitching your parasol on the banks of the Sea Of Tranquillity.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
Top Critic
March 31, 2011

The script by Ben Ripley doesn't come up with enough obstacles to throw in the hero's path, and his budding romance with the doomed Christina feels more like a studio mandate than an organic development.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
March 31, 2011

It is a tremendous downer when the second half of the movie shirks logic, defies its own established principles and raises more questions than it answers.

Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 31, 2011

Energy alone isn't enough to keep 'Source Code' from feeling thin, repetitive and nowhere near as smart as it wants you to believe it is.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 31, 2011

Source Code isn't without entertaining moments, but it's a waste of its intriguing set-up, a bright director and a superior cast.

Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
April 1, 2011

One of the problems is Gyllenhaal's inability to make his character seem coherent, sympathetic or particularly interesting.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 1, 2011

It's not nearly as complex and eerily existential as the director's debut, Moon, but in its own way it's an even more satisfying time slice of identity-scrambled sci-fi.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Tobias
NPR
Top Critic
April 1, 2011

This time, Jones has more money and greater studio expectations behind him, so what begins as another existential head trip that puts ideas before spectacle eventually morphs into something trite and compromised -- hard sci-fi gone soft.

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