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Equilibrium Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
Wimmer delivers the already labored story with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.
| Original Score: D
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 5, 2002
Silly stuff, all mixed up together like a term paper from a kid who can't quite distinguish one sci-fi work from another.
| Original Score: 2/5
Larry Carroll
December 6, 2002
What you would end up with if you took Orwell, Bradbury, Kafka, George Lucas and the Wachowski Brothers and threw them into a blender. But that's just the problem with it - the director hasn't added enough of his own ingredients.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 4, 2002
Either Preston is really good at martial arts, or everyone else is really bad. Probably a little of both.
| Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Derivative dystopia is a muddled, maudlin and laughable mess with a few nice fight scenes to break up the failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 6, 2002
Borrows from so many literary and cinematic sources that this future world feels absolutely deja vu.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 5, 2002
The self-serious Equilibrium makes its point too well; a movie, like life, isn't much fun without the highs and lows.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 6, 2002
Equilibrium the movie, as opposed to the manifesto, is really, really stupid.
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
December 5, 2002
A science-fiction pastiche so lacking in originality that if you stripped away its inspirations there would be precious little left.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
December 6, 2002
A dull, somnambulant exercise in pretension whose pervasive quiet is broken by frequent outbursts of violence and noise.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 6, 2002
Predictable and dispiriting.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Blackwelder
December 3, 2002
...a cinematic disaster so inadvertently sidesplitting it's worth the price of admission for the ridicule factor alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
December 5, 2002
... a preachy parable stylized with a touch of John Woo bullet ballet.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 24, 2005
It only adds unneeded celluloid to an increasingly tired genre!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
December 3, 2002
Unapologetic landslide of steaming balderdash.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 5, 2002
The characters act like robots, and the story unfolds like a computer program.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 5, 2002
If there was a solitary new idea or actual emotion in Equilibrium, the Prozium must have rendered me oblivious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
December 6, 2002
A movie that could be stupider only if it were longer.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 6, 2002
It's a long way from Orwell's dark, intelligent warning cry [1984] to the empty stud knockabout of Equilibrium, and what once was conviction is now affectation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Jan Stuart
December 6, 2002
Dour and charmless.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 25, 2003
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
December 13, 2002
Say yes to the war off drugs
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Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
December 6, 2002

Baltimore Sun
December 6, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 6, 2002

Boston Phoenix
December 7, 2002

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London Evening Standard
March 16, 2003

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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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