Déjà Vu


Déjà Vu

Critics Consensus

Tony Scott tries to combine action, science fiction, romance, and explosions into one movie, but the time travel conceit might be too preposterous and the action falls apart under scrutiny.



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Déjà vu: that flash of memory when you meet someone new who you feel you've known all your life or when recognize a place although you've never been there before. What if these feelings are actually warnings sent from the past or clues to the future? It is déjà vu that guides ATF agent Doug Carlin through an investigation into a shattering crime. Called in to recover evidence after a cataclysmic bomb explosion on a New Orleans Ferry, Carlin discovers that what most people believe "is only in their heads" is something far more powerful--something which will lead him on a mind-bending race to save hundreds of innocent people.


Denzel Washington
as Doug Carlin
Val Kilmer
as Agent Pryzwarra
Paula Patton
as Claire Kuchever
Jim Caviezel
as Carroll Oerstadt
Bruce Greenwood
as Jack McCready
Elden Henson
as Gunnars
Matt Craven
as Larry Minuti
Rich Hutchman
as Agent Stalhuth
Brian Howe
as Medical Examiner
Enrique J. Castillo
as Claire's Father
Mark Phinney
as Agent Donnelly
John McConnell
as Sheriff Reed
Dane Rhodes
as Ferry Captain
Shondrella Avery
as Kathy (Secretary)
Clay Steakley
as Ferry Worker
Lorry Houston
as Cop at Disaster
Polly Craig
as Elderly Woman at Disaster
Ted Manson
as Crying Man at Disaster
Yvonne Landry
as Shellshocked Woman
Brian Durkin
as National Guard Officer
Brian F. Durkin
as National Guard Officer
Scott Alan Smith
as Trauma Doctor
Nadia Shazana
as Trauma Nurse
Lew Temple
as Paramedic
Charlie Hirsch
as Paramedic
Bart Hansard
as Ed Elkins
Scott Klace
as Police Lieutenant #1
David Pease
as Port Authority
Andy Umberger
as NTSB Investigator
Patt Noday
as News Reporter
Maureen Brennan
as Harbor Cop
Randy Austin
as Harbor Cop
J.W. Williams
as Harbor Cop
Rio Hackford
as Beth's Boyfriend
Gary Grubbs
as Police Lieutenant #2
Frankie Lynch
as Agent #3
Bill Ladd
as Coast Guardsman
Lara Grice
as Reporter
Lowell Perry
as Reporter
Michael Arata
as Reporter
Julia LaShae
as Eyewitness/Survivor
Chris Rose
as Coroner at Disaster
Douglas M. Griffin
as Dock Worker
Margaret Lawhon
as Channel 8 Reporter
Roy McCrerey
as National Guardsman at Disaster
Freddy Mitchell
as SAR Diver
Dave Jensen
as Ferry Official
Jerry Rudden
as Fire Chief Rudden
John Johnson
as Fire Chief
Ronald Mason
as EMT Paramedic
James Huang
as ATF Agent
Jennifer Weston
as M.D./Technical Advisor
Angela D. Hoenig
as Ambulance Bay Nurse
H. Gregg Kawecki
as Hospital Security Guard
Ann Turkel
as Technician
Christopher Scholl
as Newspaper Reporter
Charmaine Neville
as Singer at Funeral
Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes
as Zydeco Singer at Funeral
Nolan North
as Voice of Ex-Fiance
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Critic Reviews for Déjà Vu

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (87) | Rotten (72)

  • Take away a couple of neatly staged action sequences and you're left with a callously measured slab of US jingoism that deals with the most horrific human tragedies in the most lunk-headed and insulting way possible.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It's Denzel himself, ambling through the nonsense with just the right degree of twinkling insouciance, who keeps you watching. Good fun.

    Dec 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt

    Top Critic
  • I felt cheated.

    Dec 4, 2006

    David Denby

    New Yorker
    Top Critic
  • Rarely have [producer] Bruckheimer and [director] Scott been so upfront about insulting people's intelligence.

    Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: C+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Nobody looks cooler walking in slow motion through a crime scene while wearing sunglasses than Denzel Washington -- but even the great Denzel can't save Déjà Vu.

    Nov 27, 2006
  • The fleetingly satisfying Déjà Vu is ultimately a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Déjà Vu

  • Mar 26, 2017
    Obviously the premise is extraordinarily silly, but it's just coherent and entertaining enough to be an enjoyable trifle. Washington's performance is a little too good for the movie.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2016
    From director Tony Scott comes the exciting sci-fi thriller Déjà Vu. The story follows an ATF agent who's recruited to join a special task force that investigates a terrorist bombing using an experimental technology that can view 4 days into the past. Denzel Washington and Jim Caviezel lead the cast and deliver some very good performances. And Tony Scott's directing brings a lot of energy and excitement to the film. The writing is also quite impressive, particularly in how it explores time travel and issues of causality. Plus, the investigation itself is engaging and takes a number of interesting turns. The plot can be a little confusing at times, but overall Déjà Vu is an incredibly entertaining and action-packed film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2012
    A very thought-provoking film that is filled with excellent tension.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer

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