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The Adjustment Bureau Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Although this drama offers up some interesting ideas about free will and faith, the story isn't smart enough to focus on these topics in an intelligent way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 28, 2011
The Bureau's dictat is certainly a blow to the notion, held by a few lunatics, that there's nothing more important in life than being happy. Apparently it's more important to be ambitious and attain some sort of status.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
March 1, 2011
Blunt and Damon have delightful chemistry, but this is still little more than a derivative, campy B-movie, which would be fine if it was at all what the filmmakers had intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Belinda Hazleton
FILMINK (Australia)
February 28, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau is not entirely satisfying, and at times, quite silly.
David Sexton
London Evening Standard
March 4, 2011
It believes itself to be a suggestive meditation on free will and destiny - not merely a crunchy bag of popcorn. It's neither, being rubbish popcorn too, the sugar not disguising the staleness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Newall
March 3, 2011
Problem is, the film's premise only stands up for about a few minutes. That's why it was written as a short story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
March 3, 2011
Compare the adaptation to the original and you see a complicated saga of personal sacrifice streamlined into a rosy tribute to love supreme. Feels good, but also feels empty
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 3, 2011
Two movies for the price of one, though only one of them -- a fragmented romance within a ponderous parable -- qualifies as a bargain.
Anders Wotzke
February 25, 2011
The film degenerates into a repetitive game of cat and mouse in which Roger Sterling chases Jason Bourne through a bunch of magical doors.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clay Cane
March 22, 2011
All of the shine is pointless with a weak story. By the time we reached the second act, 'The Adjustment Bureau' became 'Sex and the City' meets The 'Butterfly Effect.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 2, 2011
It's a little like if Men In Black was recast with an army of John Majors, and about as sexy as that sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
March 1, 2011
A romantic action thriller with Inception-like ambitions, this one, sadly, falls short.
Simon Weaving
March 3, 2011
With the exception of a few cute lines from Emily Blunt, it's a bureaucratically grey and decidedly empty tale about very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
March 4, 2011
The premise promises an engaging wronged-man thriller with metaphysical overtones, but director George Nolfi fails to deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tony Macklin
March 10, 2011
Philip K. Dick's story The Adjustment Team was published in 1954. But the movie The Adjustment Bureau only trades on Dick's name. All else is shoved aside by George Nolfi, who directed and wrote the screenplay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
March 4, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau presents itself as a paean to free will, to overcoming obstacles, to creating your own destiny-provided, that is, that you happen to be a dude.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 22, 2011
The film's chief interest isn't plumbing philosophical questions of fate, providence and autonomy but, instead, wallowing in skimpy fairy-tale romanticism.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
February 27, 2011
When it comes to setting up the rules for its unearthly puppetmasters' agenda and sticking to them, this fantasy adaptation doesn't know Dick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Victoria Alexander
February 28, 2011
Stupid. Regrettably, love conquers all. Puts a stain on Philip K. Dick's post-death career.
Stephen Silver
The Trend
March 6, 2011
Very exciting and entertaining while you're watching it, but completely falls apart upon further reflection.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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