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.

Movie Info

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

Rating: R (for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug content)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Rian Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 31, 2012
Box Office: $66.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


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as Old Seth

as Gat Man

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as Bodega Owner

as Apartment Super

as Farm Vagrant

as Seth Vagrant

as Big Craig

as Parking Attendant

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as Old Joe's Wife

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Critic Reviews for Looper

All Critics (247) | Top Critics (51)

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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
The New Republic
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 4, 2013
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Rian Johnson is a very clever man, if sometimes a bit too clever for his own good.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

This is the real deal, folks - intelligent, humorous, exciting entertainment that happens to be sci-fi but is by no means limited to that genre's target audience in terms of appeal.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for Looper


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

Super Reviewer

Rian Johnson's Looper is astonishing. It creates a unique time travel scenario, and is mostly consistent with the rules it lays out for itself. The action is great; the suspense is gripping, and all the actors do amazing jobs at playing lonely, grief-stricken characters. One of the most interesting aspects of this movie is how it questions notions of predestination and fate. Can someone really be held countable for crimes they have not yet committed, or could they become different people given a change of circumstance? Looper isn't shy about getting you to think. It's primed to blow your mind visually and logically.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


i loved watching this movie. however, the flaw in the logic at the end is too much for the film to overcome. well shot, well acted, and the story was very engaging and far more purposeful than most sci-fi films, but it fell apart.

danny d

Super Reviewer

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