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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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Critic Reviews for Looper

All Critics (263) | Top Critics (55)

  • 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…

    Tom Charity

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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

  • Jan 26, 2017
    Compelling, sharp and well-paced, Looper succeeds as both a high-quality film and a great time.
    Sean T Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    Looper is a fantastic film that has a very smart and original concept while also featuring great performances, beautiful cinematography and a overall great story. Where the movie falters in is the narrative structure which can be flimsy at times, though is to be expected for a film about time travel. Check out this gem if you haven't yet.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2015
    To date, I hadn't been disappointed with anything I've seen from Rian Johnson, and with Looper being the least aggravating time-travel movie I've seen in some time, it was no exception.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2014
    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 S Super Reviewer

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