Looper Reviews

February 5, 2019
For all its promise, Looper is a true film of two parts (halves wouldn't be quite accurate in terms of narrative focus) -- with the second, ultimately, a jumbled genre-clash of misfires and missteps.
September 20, 2016
Great set-up. Awful follow-through.
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.
January 21, 2013
Not quite the time travel story science fiction fans were hoping for, alas.
October 9, 2012
Kind of a reverse-"Terminator" without any of James Cameron's wit (or wisdom),
October 6, 2012
Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.
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. 

September 28, 2012
Looper felt to me like a maddening near-miss ...
September 28, 2012
The transgression of internal logic suspends a faithfully observant viewer's disbelief more than Mr. Gordon-Levitt's glued on eyebrows.
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.
September 27, 2012
The second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following The Brothers Bloom) that looks great but meanders while doing it.
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.
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.
September 26, 2012
...a muddled echo of several other films where the filmmakers treated their ideas as something more than a gimmick.
September 26, 2012
Intriguing conversation material but curiously cold and unsatisfying as drama.
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.
September 23, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] As time-travel suspense thrillers go "Looper" is a pinch better than mediocre.
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
September 18, 2012
A disappointment from an ingenious and intelligent filmmaker