Looper (2012)


Critic Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is thrilling, Looper delivers an uncommonly smart, bravely original blend of futuristic sci-fi and good old-fashioned action.


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In the futuristic action thriller Looper, time travel will be invented - but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past, where a "looper" - a hired gun, like Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good... until the day the mob decides to "close the loop," sending back Joe's future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. -- (C) Sony

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All Critics (259) | Top Critics (54)

I found myself dreaming of the days when Willis would take a rest from Die Hard-ing to do character cameos of unexpected depth and pathos: Pulp Fiction, Nobody's Fool, and a few others. Now he clings to stoic longevity, and shoots people.

Jun 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface.

Jan 4, 2013 | Full Review…
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That first hour cooks. And the second hour brings Emily Blunt into the story, which is a fine thing for any second half to offer.

Jan 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just a bit... well, this headache's sort of worth it.

Jan 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The reasoning behind all this may not reward prolonged inspection, but Johnson is smart enough to press onward with his plot, leaving us with neither the time nor the desire to linger over the logic ...

Oct 1, 2012 | Full Review…

Writer-director Rian Johnson establishes himself as an original talent who clearly believes storytelling must prevail.

Sep 30, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Looper

Time travel sci-fi is always a favorite for me since H.G. Wells The Time Machine and Rian Johnson, the writer/director here, proves a worthy successor indeed. Assassins kill the enemies of the top local gang until their usefulness is played out, after which they are required to kill their future selves, thereby destroying the evidence as it were. But that's only where this twisty tale begins. All of the actors are good and this tale is involving from start to finish. A sci-fi must see.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A very smart and thought-provoking science-fiction that injects some thrilling action scenes in a compelling time travel narrative and deserves special praise for its great direction, fine acting and for respecting our intelligence like any first-rate sci-fi should.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Spoiler ------------------------------------Wasn't impressed with that stupid ending at all. I hated that you get to care about the younger and older looper and then it all gets thrown away at the end for that horrible brat. Sorry. Ruined the whole movie. I agree, this movie does feel like it's in two separate parts, and for me it's all downhill when he gets to the farm and meets Emily Blunt's character.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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Contract killers from the future are sent back in time to be terminated by their younger selves, but one man is able to escape certain death. Helluva twisty ride, and despite the time travel concept and JGL's ridiculous Bruce Willis make-up, it's much more sensical than Rian Johnson's debut "Brick." The first act still retains Johnson's penchant for quick cool patois, but it's used as straightforward exposition and not verbose McGuffins. The second act relies on some icky "saved by the love of a good woman" tripe, but the introduction of Emily Blunt's character as a fiercely protective mother of the future's sociopathic despot is surprisingly raw and heartbreaking. I wouldn't say the ending is predictable, but when it came, I thought, "Oooof cooourse. It's the most logical ending." So yeah, the movie is pretty satisfying as a whole, but the looping quality makes for a Terminator paradox. If "this" never happened, why would "that" need to happen in the future, you know what I mean?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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