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Déjà Vu Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/6
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 30, 2006
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.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 4, 2006
I felt cheated.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 27, 2006
Rarely have [producer] Bruckheimer and [director] Scott been so upfront about insulting people's intelligence.
| Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2006
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.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 24, 2006
The fleetingly satisfying Déjà Vu is ultimately a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 23, 2006
Pretty dazzling, as action adventures go, even when it's wildly, almost defiantly, implausible.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2006
The movie manages the singular feat of placing a science-fiction premise in a realistic setting, only to render that premise even more far-fetched than it would have seemed otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 23, 2006
What gives the film its jolt of urgency is its New Orleans setting. Déjà Vu is the first major movie to be shot there since the city's devastation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
November 22, 2006
Déjà Vu isn't as sleek a genre pleasure as Enemy of the State, but it does have a freaky little trick up its sleeve.
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Washington Post
November 22, 2006
Deja Vu attempts to explain the 'science' behind the movie's time-jumping, but in a drama that's contemporary and supposedly realistic, it comes off as cockamamie.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 22, 2006
The movie's saved by an appealing star, a swift pace and a vivid setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 22, 2006
[A] needlessly complicated and confusing thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 22, 2006
Déjà Vu is well worth seeing for its visual brio, particularly the boom-crash opera of the ferry explosion, and a chase scene in which Washington is dodging downtown traffic on two temporal planes simultaneously.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 22, 2006
Washington and Scott manage to make Deja Vu perfectly watchable, no matter how many times we've seen this before.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 22, 2006
Deja Vu starts out a lot like an expensive-looking episode of CSI before morphing into a solidly entertaining time-traveling romance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 22, 2006
Ed Wood, notorious as the worst film director in history, could have made the $80 million Jerry Bruckheimer time-travel thriller Déjà Vu for about $99.95 and it would have been just as believable.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 22, 2006
The usually enjoyable time-travel paradoxes about how changing the past would affect the present coming off as more annoying intrusions than anything else.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 22, 2006
Definition of redundant: A formulaic Hollywood pic that calls itself Déjà Vu.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 22, 2006
A quirk-filled, paranoid, blood-and-sweat thriller that offers perfect pulse-racing escape for a holiday weekend.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 22, 2006
DéjÀ Vu is so cleverly thought out and is conceived, directed and acted that the leaps in both logic and scientific theory are more fun to make than they are to ponder.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 22, 2006
An often-engaging if not especially believable thriller.
| Original Score: B-
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
November 22, 2006
Deja Vu takes you on a wonderfully twisting and turning journey that often will leave you wondering and perhaps confused -- but ultimately leaves you with a satisfying and totally logical explanation when the credits role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 22, 2006
Usually a Scott-Bruckheimer production sends you home wanting a shower. But here they've caught the movie's unstoppable bayou spirit and send you home on a high.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 21, 2006
Washington is so casually, inherently likable that he makes wending through the movie's multiple implausibilities easier to bear.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 21, 2006
Déjà Vu cannot escape the weight of its murky science, action-film formula and preposterous ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 21, 2006
An action flick in which the gaudy pyrotechnics are nowhere near as jaw-dropping as the screenplay that name-checks not one, not two, but three national tragedies.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 21, 2006
If you want your films to add up logically, you're welcome to take your calculator somewhere else. But if you do, you will be missing out on some first-class genre fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 21, 2006
A film that exceeds expectations. Without skimping on the thrills and action, Déjà Vu is surprisingly thoughtful in its observations regarding the possible repercussions of tampering with the past.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 21, 2006
It's preposterous, but never dull: Scott whips the action into a taut, tasty lather.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2006
The SF hardware (enjoyable) and thriller mechanics (mechanical) of this Jerry Bruckheimer slam-banger don't mesh very well with reflection, and the action trumps most evidence of thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2006
If you can swallow one of the most elaborate and absurd time-machine gimmicks imaginable, you can have a good time at Deja Vu.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 21, 2006
Washington has powered through thrillers like this before, always managing to make the best of dubious material.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 21, 2006
Déjà Vu gives you the feeling that you've seen parts of this movie before. Only, the parts were all from better films.
| Original Score: C-
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 21, 2006
There are no surprises to be had.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 21, 2006
Deja vu is French for 'Haven't I seen this somewhere before?' That reaction will be widespread among audiences for Deja Vu.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 21, 2006
Déjà Vu impresses with both the complexity of its storyline and its willingness to allow things to develop at their own pace without interjecting a lot of needless action scenes into the early proceedings to keep viewers attentive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 21, 2006
Preposterous? You bet. Romantic? Perversely.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 20, 2006
Whether or not you get that nagging sensation that you've seen Deja Vu before, your brain will seriously hurt trying to figure out whether its central gimmick works. (It doesn't.)
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Robert Koehler
Variety
November 20, 2006
Cinema's natural felicities for time and action have seldom felt as beautifully dovetailed. And even when the plot in Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio's script begins to push plausibility, it stays grounded in Washington's emotional drive.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
November 17, 2006
A thoroughly intriguing mindblower of a techno-thriller.