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Looper Reviews

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Rebecca Pahle
The Mary Sue
September 20, 2016
Great set-up. Awful follow-through.
Claudia Connell
Daily Mail (UK)
September 27, 2012
The first half of writer/director Rian Johnson's film is gripping, but by the second half it's all become unbelievably confused and disjointed.
Sam Fragoso
Fan The Fire
September 18, 2012
A disappointment from an ingenious and intelligent filmmaker
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
September 27, 2012
The dystopian setting... makes for some bold cultural commentary, but as usual with Johnson, the engaging ideas feel like affectations rather than products of a fully developed sensibility.
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Alonso Duralde
September 27, 2012
The second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following The Brothers Bloom) that looks great but meanders while doing it.
Michael A. Smith
October 9, 2012
Kind of a reverse-"Terminator" without any of James Cameron's wit (or wisdom),
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kirk Honeycutt
September 26, 2012
Intriguing conversation material but curiously cold and unsatisfying as drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 5
Tony Macklin
September 25, 2012
Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the loopy looper, has to time travel into another time to kill himself (Bruce Willis) so that he doesn't make bad movies. No, that's not it. So he can avoid Demi Moore. No. Oh, forget it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 23, 2012
It's a thriller with fantasy elements and if you disregard (or don't care about) the internal confusion of its world, you may find it works for you
Stephen Silver
September 27, 2012
Yet another rehash of the first "Terminator" film, revisiting the time travel genre without bringing a whole lot new to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Cole Smithey
September 23, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] As time-travel suspense thrillers go "Looper" is a pinch better than mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rubin Safaya
September 28, 2012
The transgression of internal logic suspends a faithfully observant viewer's disbelief more than Mr. Gordon-Levitt's glued on eyebrows.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
January 21, 2013
Not quite the time travel story science fiction fans were hoping for, alas.
Tony Medley
Tolucan Times
October 6, 2012
Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
September 28, 2012
While Gordon-Levitt and Willis have a blast with the space-time issues and some funny dialogue, the movie loses steam after a solid start. 

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
September 28, 2012
Looper felt to me like a maddening near-miss ...
Daniel M. Kimmel
Sci-Fi Movie Page
September 26, 2012
...a muddled echo of several other films where the filmmakers treated their ideas as something more than a gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
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.
J. Olson
April 15, 2016
While the film overshoots its landing by a mile, it's a worthwhile science fiction piece with no shortage of interesting ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
The ending is both daring and logical, two rarities in modern sci-fi.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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