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Oblivion Reviews

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July 14, 2016
Complaints about plausibility, logic, or common sense aside, Oblivion looks great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 21, 2016
Here's the trouble with mainstream science fiction filmmaking these days: there's no expectation that an audience is capable of putting things together or waiting for a payoff.
June 20, 2016
Oh, it'll command your attention alright; it's got Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman after all-both can command attention. Cruise plays a commander, even.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 15, 2016
Is it better to bore an audience or to annoy them? "Oblivion" answers that question enthusiastically - "Why choose one when you can have both!?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2015
The story that eventually surfaces is no where near as interesting as the mesmerizing look of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 30, 2014
Oblivion delivers a blast of midsummer heat to the middle of April. And, unlike many a potential blockbuster, it's full of ambition. Just try not to think about it too much.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 9, 2014
"Oblivion" has the kind of magpie fecundity you'd hope to find bursting from the pages of une bande dessinée freshly re-inked into English. But as a movie, it's like a terabyte farm of all the films Kosinski has ever steeped in.
March 3, 2014
Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 6, 2014
In a film whose first frame is a memory, it uses its familiarity to us to its advantage. It's like making a sandwich the way your mom used to make them, achieving sense memory of past pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2014
A film whose beauty and emotional aspirations ultimately overpower the story problems it runs into along the way.
December 31, 2013
What makes it watchable is Kosinski's (and cinematographer Claudio Miranda's) gift for breathtaking pictorial images -- plus, of course, Cruise's undiluted star power.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 31, 2013
Joseph Kosinski's only previous credit was the visually rich but intellectually bankrupt Tron Legacy; and while this film is a bit more satisfying, it is driven only by its gorgeous visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 31, 2013
As a piece of narrative, though, it's portentous, sluggish and fatally ungripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 31, 2013
It takes more than an hour for Oblivion to become whatever it is the filmmakers think it's supposed to be.
December 31, 2013
In space, Jack hopes, someone may hear you dream. But in a movie theater, no one will see you yawn.
September 29, 2013
Kosinski's totality of vision may not look or feel entirely original but is striking and memorable all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 20, 2013
Are we really seeing a movie called "Oblivion" at all? Or is it merely a collection of concepts pulled from the likes of "Blade Runner," "Planet of the Apes," "Total Recall" and even the director's own "Tron: Legacy?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2013
Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion is far from original and instead acts as yet another genre rip-off that looks shiny and expensive, but is hollow and lifeless where it counts
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 6, 2013
Oblivion is a deliberate and beautifully crafted picture that embraces genre trappings without sacrificing the emotional heft of pure drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 4, 2013
...beautifully designed but derivative science fiction that suffers more than it benefits from Tom Cruise's turbo-charged energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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