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Oblivion Reviews

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+
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.
April 29, 2013
Feels ever more grounded and stuck ...
April 22, 2013
Was Cruise trying to beat out fellow Scientologist John Travolta for the honor of starring in the dumbest sci-fi epic ever?
April 21, 2013
If nothing else, "Oblivion" will go down in film history as the movie where Tom Cruise pilots a white, sperm-shaped craft into a giant space uterus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2013
This is the sci-fi movie equivalent of a pretty damn good cover band.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 19, 2013
Glossy, derivative, ambitious and fatally underpowered.
April 19, 2013
The story eventually devolves into a grab bag of sci-fi tropes but, as with so many other Cruise productions, the sheer scale of everything is so mind-numbing that you may not notice.
April 19, 2013
The sly, surprising and visually magnificent Tom Cruise vehicle that has forced me - and many other people, I suspect - to revise my first opinion of director Joseph Kosinski.
April 19, 2013
Oblivion is an okay blockbuster, a multimillion-dollar exercise in competence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 19, 2013
Kosinski offers plenty of action here, and he lets the plot reveals bleed out slowly (explanations keep coming right to the end). Yes, a great deal is derivative, but it's fast-moving derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 19, 2013
A movie that combines a lot of different films, yet somehow remains less than the sum of its parts ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 18, 2013
More adventurous than your typical Hollywood tent pole, "Oblivion" makes you remember why science fiction movies pulled you in way back when and didn't let you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 18, 2013
If you're able to forgive and forget, Oblivion isn't a bad place to start loving Tom Cruise all over again.
April 18, 2013
Director Joseph Kosinski focuses on cool visuals but stints on a compelling plot. It's a dazzler, but the story lacks the impact of the futuristic look.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2013
The mystery posed by "Oblivion" as a whole is why its mysteries are posed so clumsily, and worked out so murkily.
April 18, 2013
The agony of being a longtime Tom Cruise fan has always been a burden, but now it's just, well, dispiriting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 18, 2013
[Cruise] oversees some pretty impressive stuff here, from the drones that ping-pong around in the air to the bubbleship that Jack uses to go to and fro to that awesome house with its panoramic views.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
April 18, 2013
Kosinski's personal commitment to gorgeous artifice above all other considerations only harms the film so much.
April 18, 2013
Oblivion gives us stars in the cast, stars in our eyes and it even tweaks a brain cell or three.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2013
The film is rife with elements from its finest predecessors - Kubrick, Lucas, the Wachowskis and Pixar could be listed as creative consultants - but it has the spirit of a love letter to classic sci-fi, not an opportunistic mash-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2013
Playing spot-the-influence is the most fun you'll have during this expensive-looking, slow-moving plod through familiar territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
So "Top Gun" has become "Wall-E."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
Stitched together from spare bits of other, often better films,[it]stumbles awkwardly in story and plot, shuffling toward the predictable explosions and fireballs of the third act. Yet...Oblivion is so beautiful to look at.
| Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2013
Instead of developing characters, Kosinski pours most of his imagination into the annihilated landscapes and futuristic gadgetry.
April 18, 2013
When you go to a futuristic, dystopian, post-apocalyptic barn dance starring Tom Cruise and his space guns, you expect a little zap with your thoughtful pauses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
For all the bells and whistles - an electronic score by M83, a screen-busting Imax presentation and Cruise going full throttle - Oblivion feels arid and antiseptic, untouched by human hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
Sometimes Oblivion can be pretty oblivious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2013
The filmmakers don't even have the courage to see the story to its proper end, opting for a ridiculous finale that feels vaguely insulting.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
Oblivion is imperfect but some of its imperfections result from being overly ambitious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2013
You start wondering whether director Joseph Kosinski and screenwriters Karl Gajdusek and Michael DeBruyn have any original ideas of their own. And then you realize they don't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
An unsettling sense of not-quite-right coats all of the film's steely surfaces, and Kosinski and his co-writers give audiences plenty of time to absorb the unease and gear up for the action.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 17, 2013
The mix of gee-whiz gadgetry and the day-to-day routineness of Jack and Victoria's lives is interesting enough, but the film is too glacially paced for it to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 17, 2013
As its palpable sense of dread -- well-sustained in a gently cascading first hour -- gives way to dead ends, this Omega Movie shoots itself in the foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2013
"Oblivion" may not live up fully to its grand ambitions, but it isn't for lack of trying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 17, 2013
All the eye candy in the world can't mask the sensation that you've seen this all before...and done better. Too bad the movie's script wasn't given the same attention as its sleek, brave-new-world look.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 17, 2013
Rendered with equal parts urgency and familiarity.
April 17, 2013
For those who enjoy the simple thrill of handsomely stylized image-making, ''Oblivion'' is mostly mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 16, 2013
Director Kosinski proves himself talented in ways his Tron: Legacy didn't suggest.
April 16, 2013
If the dialogue and the concepts of Oblivion had been as fresh and powerful as its art direction, we'd really have something here. Instead, it's something borrowed packaged inside something new.
April 11, 2013
A terrific-looking sci-fier that loses steam in the second half.
April 10, 2013
Kosinski continues to lavish far more thought on how his elaborate fantasy worlds look than how they work, and neither the politics nor the human stakes here coalesce into rational or relatable drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 10, 2013
A moderately clever dystopian mindbender with a gratifying human pulse, despite some questionable narrative developments along the way.