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Elysium Reviews

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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.
David Katz
Electric Sheep
August 25, 2013
A project over-designed yet under-thought.
Top Critic
Matthew Kassel
New York Observer
August 14, 2013
Like Max, the movie has to keep moving, and Mr. Blomkamp lets you fill in the gaps yourself as it progresses. Or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Will Leitch
Deadspin
August 9, 2013
Blomkamp turns subtext into text into screaming red letters into massive hands that appear from the screen and slap you repeatedly in face.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 22, 2013
This is a film with potentially interesting ideas undone by underdeveloped world building.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
August 7, 2013
Elysium is entirely too heavy-handed and insubstantial to leave an impact. The effort may be extremely noble and respectable, but the finished product falls severely short
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
August 7, 2013
People expecting another "District 9" or who expect a little more substance from their science fiction films will most likely be disappointed by "Elysium," but those who like their videogame-style sci-fi shoot-em-ups will have no problem here.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
August 8, 2013
Elysium starts out hot with promise and tension but unravels into a sticky mess of blood-soaked melodrama and action conventions that seem beneath such a gifted filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Neil Alcock
Film4
August 19, 2013
Visually stunning and with flashes of inspired genius, Elysium shows promise but is let down by an uneven structure, weak characterisation and an over-reliance on extended fight scenes.
Top Critic
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 6, 2013
Appealing though he usually is as an action hero, Damon doesn't have much to do here but scowl and look cool brandishing giant weapons.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
August 7, 2013
It turns out Elysium isn't the summer's savior that some may have hoped, and worse, it's actually a lesser film than some of this season's other big movies that underwhelmed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
August 9, 2013
...the prevalence of the F-bomb does not add one thing to the story and only cheaply gives us any sort of gritty realism that quickly evaporates during the film's sequences on Elysium.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Pete Hammond
Movieline
August 14, 2013
Hugely disappointing follow-up to director Neil Blomkamp's brilliant District 9. An intriguing premise evaporates into mindless sci-fi action. Jodie Foster gives the worst performance of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
August 2, 2013
Blomkamp's seemingly limitless imagination in terms of tech finds itself repeatedly and frustratingly grounded by heavy-handed storytelling.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
August 9, 2013
The acting is sub-par. Damon fails to generate the hero vibe. Jodie Foster is wasted as the iron-faced space queen. And, her chief agent, is a South African actor who is very hard to understand. His words, I mean.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Rocchi
GeekNation
August 6, 2013
THX-1138 filtered through Halo for the Xbox, Brave New World with more effects and less affect for a timid time of bloated blockbusters, Elysium squanders potential greatness, instead attaining costly mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
August 8, 2013
Any attempt at heavy political commentary tends to get diluted by the film's desires to be accepted as a summer action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
August 8, 2013
Yet another shallow, dumb blockbuster that could easily be turned into a video game. Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are both underserved by the weak script that favors mind-numbing CGI and action over character development and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
August 9, 2013
Dopey Pollyanna politics meet hackneyed storytelling. Elysium has it all!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
August 12, 2013
An underwhelming, sci-fi adventure more akin to After Earth than District 9.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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