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The Final Cut Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 20, 2004
It's not quite as smart as it thinks it is.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 19, 2004
It's nice to see Mira Sorvino who has sort of wobbled about since winning the Oscar about ten years ago she is very good in this film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 15, 2004
Williams has extraordinary success in channeling this other person. How strange that the same actor can play some of the most uninhibited of all characters, and some of the most morose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 15, 2004
This debut from writer-director Omar Naim is cut-and-dried sci-fi thriller business.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 15, 2004
The lack of imagination, given the initial premise, is astounding.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 15, 2004
This first feature from writer-director Omar Naim is unusually accomplished.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 15, 2004
This premise sounds like the sort of a screwy, non-idea that a young film student might dream up while editing a documentary. And according to the press notes, that's just what happened.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 15, 2004
It's all modestly clever but decidedly under-baked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 15, 2004
What is it with Robin Williams playing creepy roles? How did the one-time funniest guy on earth turn into Mr. Spooky? Come back, Mork, your work here was not done.
| Original Score: C
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
October 15, 2004
Another dud of a movie that springs from an intriguing premise.
| Original Score: D+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
October 15, 2004
It's a dark and thought-provoking exploration of where our strange marriage of voyeurism and self-absorption may lead us just a few years from now.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 15, 2004
The concept of The Final Cut is so fascinating and has so many implications that it balances out some real flaws in the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
October 15, 2004
The Final Cut can't cope with its own weirdness.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 15, 2004
When a character remarks near the end that 'some things are best forgotten,' she could be talking about this dreary, unexciting thriller.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 15, 2004
A grim but clever sci-fi fantasy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 15, 2004
Williams gives a performance that's honest and carefully wrought but on some level still a stunt.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
October 14, 2004
It taxes the patience of even the most willing viewer with its sheer nonsense.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 14, 2004
It'll take more than a fancy computer chip to help me remember this one.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2004
The Final Cut lays waste to its provocative premise and a fine performance from Robin Williams with a murky story line that renders the film not worth the effort.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 14, 2004
Robin Williams, looking like the world's most constipated mortician, stars in a chilly sci-fi fantasy saddled with distractions and cheesy subplots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dallas Morning News
October 14, 2004
First-time writer Director Omar Naim has created a moody, unsettling minimalist sc-fi tale that explores the malleability of the memories that may or may not make us who we are.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 14, 2004
Williams is as creepy as we've ever seen him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 14, 2004
Having given away the key to Williams' character in the opening scenes, the movie becomes so cluttered with concept and design, it fails to get even a toehold on the humanistic subtext it's clearly reaching for.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 14, 2004
Naim has conjured up a sci-fi conundrum worthy of Philip K. Dick, but he fails to flesh it out, choosing instead to hop around several subplots.
| Original Score: C +
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2004
A fairly well done but deadly dull futuristic thriller about lifelong memory-recording implants and guilt, this movie wastes more talent, including lead Robin Williams, than an all-star TV poker game.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 2004
If there are decent, human, post-Good Will Hunting roles for the actor somewhere between the manic and the catatonic, Williams hasn't found them.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
October 12, 2004
The director's leaden touch and the plot's insistent banality obscure any conceptual resonance.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 13, 2004
No re-edits can save The Final Cut from its own preposterousness and lack of genuine thrills.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 12, 2004
Striking visuals help, but pic won't make the cut with genre fans or the arthouse crowd.