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Blade Runner 2049 Reviews

August 8, 2018
The failure of "Blade Runner 2049" is how it discriminates between men and women, and how that discrimination surpasses the distinction between human and machine. That failure leaves you with no hope for the future.
October 11, 2017
Watching Ford and Gosling onscreen together suggests an evolution of masculinity within the films, one that exists along a continuum of noir leading men, from those failing to hide their tenderhearted nature to the solemn figures who make stoicism an art.
October 7, 2017
From the grayed-out countrysides over which the sky has closed like a lid; to the drizzly neon decadence of Los Angeles; to the Ozymandian wreckage of Las Vegas-the film is a visual splendor of the first order.
October 6, 2017
A meditative and moving film, sumptuously photographed by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins in the finest and most astonishing work of his career.
October 6, 2017
Blade Runner 2049, on the other hand, manages to be prettier but far more prosaic.
October 6, 2017
The rare sequel that truly merits its existence, updating and expanding the themes of the 1982 original to bring them from the 20th century into the 21st.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
October 6, 2017
Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins give us staggering new visions of the future, ones that confound and trance and mystify in Blade Runner 2049 even while making rich cinematic senses.
October 6, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is heavy with portentous and pretentious hoo-ha.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 6, 2017
Despite all the overlaps, this is not a simulacrum of a Ridley Scott film. It is unmistakably a Denis Villeneuve film, inviting us to tumble, tense with anticipation, into his doomy clutches.
October 6, 2017
There's a frisson in seeing fecundity exalted in a world bent on selling pleasure-sex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 6, 2017
It takes on the themes and universe set forth in the original and builds on them, and manages to live up to the massive expectations that greet it. This is no replicant, it's the real deal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2017
Harrison Ford, for his part, is nothing less than a revelation.
October 5, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 is one of the brainiest films to come out of Hollywood in a long while, asking more questions about the meaning of life than it answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2017
Yet despite Ryan Gosling, a striking visual template and Harrison Ford reprising the role he played in the 1982 sci-fi classic, glitches mar this undeniably ambitious but drawn-out exercise.
October 5, 2017
Director Denis Villeneuve, who earned his sci-fi bona fides with Arrival, successfully replicates the cold austerity Ridley Scott brought to Blade Runner.
October 5, 2017
A visually dazzling follow-up to one of science fiction's most iconic films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 5, 2017
A powerful, unflinching, despairing, brutal and emotionally devastating film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2017
"Blade Runner 2049" is not just a movie but an event. Don't be the only human on your block not to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2017
Villeneuve and company have cast a powerful and disturbing visual spell, thrusting us into a world compelling enough to get lost in.
October 5, 2017
While Blade Runner 2049 may not end up being the classic the original is, in some ways it's as good of a sequel as you could ask for.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2017
Somewhere in "Blade Runner 2049" is a terrific 100-minute movie struggling to get out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 4, 2017
Like the 20-foot-tall ballerina holograms pirouetting through its decrepit Los Angeles streets, "Blade Runner 2049" is hauntingly beautiful, technologically stunning and low on substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2017
In terms of the imaginative ways it expands on the themes of the first movie, it is the rare sequel that is at least the equal of its iconic original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 honors the original in many ways - some small and some large - but it's not a soft reboot. It's a new story with new ideas and new purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2017
The script contains enough core truths and grand philosophical concepts that no spoiler could touch them, such as the co-dependence of slavery and freedom, or the paradoxical way the future echoes and restates the past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 4, 2017
Yes, this is a movie that takes itself very seriously, but it saves itself by taking its subject even more seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 3, 2017
For a bleak dystopian future, it sure is a beautiful place to visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 2, 2017
In a world filled with cinema replicants - sturdy, shiny, carefully engineered jobs that almost duplicate the look and warmth of a real movie - "Blade Runner 2049" is that rarest of sequels: An original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2017
There is a something to think about here, a fair amount to feel and even more to see.
October 2, 2017
While Blade Runner 2049 is always something to look at, an overly elaborate script and some other bad habits common to today's sequel machinery - such as glaring product placement - have broken the Blade Runner spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 2, 2017
One of the most deeply philosophical and challenging sci-fi films of all time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 2, 2017
The special effects are impeccable, and include sequences that blur the line, evocatively, between what's real and unreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 1, 2017
Blade Runner 2049 does what very few sequels can accomplish: it deepens our appreciation of its predecessor, while carving out its own niche in the spaces of our own imaginations. And the visuals it paints are in a word: breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Top Critic
September 30, 2017
Less a generational iteration from its precursor than an evolutionary leap.
Top Critic
September 29, 2017
If Blade Runner gave us the world, Blade Runner 2049 has come to fill in the universe.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 29, 2017
The brilliance of Blade Runner 2049 is that it makes the questions worth asking, positioning them in a menacing universe that's nevertheless a joy to revisit.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2017
This new Blade Runner dazzles the audience with plenty of staggering sights.
September 29, 2017
It's hard to make a case against reboots and long-delayed sequels when an exception to the rule like Blade Runner 2049 comes along. No cynical cash-grab or by-the-numbers repeat, this sequel manages to go deeper on the ideas from the first film.
September 29, 2017
Careful, dutiful, and beautiful, Blade Runner 2049 cannot achieve the sublime slipperiness of Scott's masterpiece. Whether it even needs to is up to you.
September 29, 2017
As the break between installments would suggest, it's a furthering of not just the original story but the original world, and that's quite an accomplishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2017
Will cinematographer Roger Deakins, having been nominated for an Academy Award 13 times, finally receive a damn Oscar? Yes. I hope it's yes. It should be "yes."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2017
Villeneuve's dazzling sequel is on its own march to screen legend. Gosling and Ford are double dynamite in a mesmerizing mindbender that asks new questions meant to tantalize, provoke and keep us up nights. Would you have it any other way?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 29, 2017
Even when its emotions risk running as cool as its palette, 2049 reaches for, and finds, something remarkable: the elevation of mainstream moviemaking to high art.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 29, 2017
A voluptuous mood bath that's impressively sustained from beginning to end.
September 29, 2017
A visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things - from tantalizing to tedious - but never "artificially intelligent."
September 29, 2017
I imagine most audiences will like the film ... I thought it was okay.
September 29, 2017
Super-stylish and deeply human - even with androids and holograms around - the spectacular follow-up takes the detective story of the first film and turns it into a grand mythology of identity, memory, creation and revolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 29, 2017
Immersing you in a complete wow, Blade Runner 2049 is the thinking person's sci-fi event of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5