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The Adjustment Bureau Reviews

October 7, 2011
Accomplished filmmaking that features two highly attractive, talented leads, a healthy dose of sentiment, an intelligent script, and which takes you away for two hours from the quotidian worries and banalities of your regular life.
June 23, 2011
Nolfi and his colleagues make especially good use of New York, filming everywhere from the Brooklyn waterfront to the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art. It's a fresh look at a familiar city. But Nolfi drops the ball in the home stretch, and that's...
Read More | Original Score: 2.1/2
April 4, 2011
This mind-meld of sci-fi thriller, morality play and passionate romance is worth seeing, mostly for the palpable chemistry between the lead actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2011
Damon and Blunt give such terrific performances you might almost forgive the movie's dopey ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2011
The on-screen pairing of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is so winning that you may be willing to overlook the oddly modulating tone of the story that brings them together and then tries to keep them apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 4, 2011
Fans looking for something a little different will find it here - as well as the first real romance of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2011
Cradled in Damon's solidly reliable hands, even a movie as extravagantly silly as this one gains heft and credibility, an impressive accomplishment when you consider that the entire plot revolves around magic notebooks and spellbinding hats.
March 4, 2011
Sometimes, a strong premise makes for a weak movie, which ends up drowning in its own clever conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2011
It's hard to imagine a more spectacularly silly film making it to theaters this year than The Adjustment Bureau.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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.
March 4, 2011
Because the chemistry between Damon and Blunt is so strong, what might have been a jumble of Matrix-style oddments comes across instead as ardent.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 4, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau has you pondering the angles throughout, and it's a credit to newly minted director George Nolfi that he never lets his foot off the gas pedal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 4, 2011
The misleading trailers for the supremely goofy "The Adjustment Bureau" promise action-packed sci-fi. What you actually get is a love-struck Matt Damon running for the US Senate as he's stalked by fedora-wearing angels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 4, 2011
A smart, stylish thriller that melds science fiction, romance and Hitchcock-ian intrigue with surprising ease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 4, 2011
"The Adjustment Bureau" is a smart and good movie that could have been a great one if it had a little more daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 4, 2011
Suspenseful, romantic and wryly funny, "The Adjustment Bureau" is the kind of film that reaffirms one's faith in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 3, 2011
Easily one of the best American love stories of the past year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 3, 2011
You can feel the influence of classic American movies like "North by Northwest" and "The Graduate" here, and while I won't argue that Nolfi matches those examples, his ambition is admirable.
March 3, 2011
Whether running or kissing or running and kissing (well, almost), Mr. Damon and Ms. Blunt turn romance into a palpable race.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 3, 2011
A thoughtful and thought-provoking romance with a touch of the fantastic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 3, 2011
The premise is so mind-boggling and fraught with implications that it tends to obviate the action mechanics of the last couple reels.
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.
March 3, 2011
'The Adjustment Bureau' misses by a mile. Despite heroic efforts by Damon and the lovely Blunt to build a plausible love story, the movie dissolves into silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 3, 2011
The Adjustment Bureau isn't a somber, elegant meditation on free will and destiny like Blade Runner (another adaptation of a Philip K. Dick work). But at its most winning it doesn't try to be.
March 3, 2011
Nolfi's movie works on an interesting scale and a disarmingly gentle spirit, even though it's being sold as a hard-charging romantic thriller. I like it; I hope it finds an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2011
Where the drama falters, the romance rises. Damon and Blunt make a smart and sassy pair. You want them to be together even if it does mean that their political and artistic futures will be thwarted and history will be denied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 3, 2011
What results, against some odds, is an intriguing entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 3, 2011
The film bristles with the sort of contrivances that could incite derisive snickers. Yet it moves with such brisk self-assurance that the chuckles arrive only at a few comedic rest stops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2011
An elegant fantasy, only slightly marred by rather too much science-fiction explanation.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2011
The science is murky but the chemistry is strong.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 3, 2011
A lively premise turned into an inert and uninsistent film by screenwriter and rookie director George Nolfi.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2011
Whether this movie works for you largely depends on whether you're willing to work for it. To which I say: Bring your gym clothes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2011
It's like The Matrix, as remade by the Hallmark Channel.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 3, 2011
...the over-explained softened edges of the story turn what could have been an exceptional brain-bender into a good, but fairly standard-issue heart-warmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 3, 2011
Nolfi's predilection for old-school cinematic technique over newfangled excess is refreshing and sometimes ingenious. And Damon and Blunt conjure a convincing chemistry.
March 2, 2011
It's about love conquering all. It's about people risking everything for a chance at romantic joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2011
I can't imagine anyone's ever speaking about this movie with fondness other than the people who made it, and maybe their close relatives.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 2, 2011
It taps into your longing for the days when a sci-fi matrix could explain the world without making it a darker place.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 2, 2011
Nolfi began his career as a writer, which perhaps explains why he tries to keep the action character-driven: the sweet chemistry between Damon and Blunt does at least make their romantic, potentially existence-threatening bond credible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2011
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt fall in love and flee shadowy figures in the immensely stylish romantic thriller The Adjustment Bureau. If only the ending lived up to the build-up.
March 2, 2011
The zing here comes from echoes of The Manchurian Candidate, as well as the paranoid doominess of source author Philip K. Dick (whose 1954 short story gets completely revised).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 2, 2011
Mr. Nolfi, who is also making his debut as a director, is another unfortunate Christopher Nolan wannabe, so the movie is a preposterous muddle that borrows heavily from Inception, without a single original idea.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2011
It's too bad that "The Adjustment Bureau" is so flimsy, because Dick, as always, had a provocative idea, a pointed query about the role of chance in our lives.
March 1, 2011
The so-called Plan is derailed!
March 1, 2011
It's Matt Damon and Emily Blunt who save the film, turning it from the overloaded political sci-fi romantic thriller it might have been into a breezy, charming love story.
February 28, 2011
The doughy Damon and aristocratic Blunt don't match up physically, and they never get any Hepburn-Tracy rhythms going that might create some current.
February 25, 2011
Questions of predestination and free will are intriguingly posed and clunkily answered in The Adjustment Bureau.
February 25, 2011
Big Brother fantasy with style and real feeling, courtesy of an excellent Matt Damon-Emily Blunt pairing.