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Elysium Reviews

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Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
It has no particular voice. It's too clotted with plot and strategy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Bryan Bishop
The Verge
January 22, 2014
Neill Blomkamp has created a beautifully designed and realized world. If only he'd spent half as much time focusing on the people that inhabit it.
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Wesley Morris
January 3, 2014
Any thematic audacity is snuffed out by action sequences that you can now buy at Dollar General.
Jeff Beck
December 16, 2013
With "Elysium," Blomkamp not only fills the film with enough exciting action to make it fly by, but he also provides an interesting commentary on the continuing division of classes, turning it into something more than your average monotonous action flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
December 15, 2013
While not the slam-dunk that his first film was, Neill Blomkamp has created a compelling vision of a wealth-dominated future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lauren Carroll Harris
Concrete Playground
October 15, 2013
Blomkamp delivers blockbusters based in empathy and political smarts that actually aspire to be more than insulting filmic pollution.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
October 5, 2013
After District 9, this is a little bit of a disappointment... but a must-see for fans of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Eisenberg
October 3, 2013
Damon once again shows why he is one of the best lead actors we have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews
September 13, 2013
[Blomkamp] really needs to learn that too much action blunts his more interesting statements.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 7, 2013
Blomkamp has toned down the body horror in favour of more conventional thrills but handles the shootouts and slugfests with panache. His tale of haves and have nots remains a striking and thought-provoking parable, even if it doesn't fully add up.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 6, 2013
The occasionally interesting script is bludgeoned by its heavy-handed political pandering.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Todd Jorgenson
August 30, 2013
The logic in the film's dystopian universe seems flimsy under moderate scrutiny. But at least it's ambitious in its attempt to mix sci-fi conventions with social commentary.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 27, 2013
The film is to be commended for its thought provoking premise - something we haven't seen in many films over the U.S. summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
David Katz
Electric Sheep
August 25, 2013
A project over-designed yet under-thought.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 25, 2013
Depressingly predictable in its ideas and tedious in its boneheaded brutality.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 23, 2013
The best parts of this 'parallel universe' experience are aesthetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 23, 2013
Neill Blomkamp cements his science-fiction credentials as a filmmaker with a genre vision the likes of which we haven't seen since the socially conscious SF of the 1970s.
Rich Cline
August 23, 2013
As he did with District 9, South African filmmaker Blomkamp grounds this sci-fi thriller in present-day society, telling a story that resonates with a strong political kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 23, 2013
It's a long time since any major studio closed the silly season with a $115 million Marxist polemic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Sexton
This is London
August 23, 2013
Just as the creation of a future nightmare, one that disturbingly resembles the world we already know, Elysium is masterful - definitely worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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