Oblivion Reviews

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April 10, 2019
Kosinski creates a good-looking film, with sweeping landscapes and some nice special effects that keep the audience interested. But that interest wanes as the story begins to unfold.
February 13, 2019
An emotionally-barren and tediously convoluted film, brimming with risible dialogue and plastic performances.
November 17, 2018
Although opulent, ambitious and populated with fine performers that try to breathe some creative life into the sporadic script, Oblivion is stiff thematically and fails to deliver a premium-plus pulse of twitchy intrigue and surging suspense
June 14, 2018
Even a lively electronic score by M83, a bustling Imax presentation and Cruise at his most action-pic watchable can't make this inert film come to life.
October 17, 2017
Oblivion is basically what it would look like if Wall-E ate Blade Runner and threw it up in HALO.
September 7, 2017
It's a shame that its poor editing inhibits what could have been a memorable movie.
August 18, 2017
In the end, was the movie's title supposed to be the state of the characters, or the audience? Were we supposed to passively sit through the film without questioning the plotholes?
July 14, 2016
Complaints about plausibility, logic, or common sense aside, Oblivion looks great.
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.
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!?"
March 3, 2014
Although it looks spectacular and boasts some pungent ideas, the surprise-to-running-time ratio is out of whack.
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.
December 31, 2013
As a piece of narrative, though, it's portentous, sluggish and fatally ungripping.
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.
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?"
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
August 4, 2013
...beautifully designed but derivative science fiction that suffers more than it benefits from Tom Cruise's turbo-charged energy.
July 12, 2013
Amazing computer-generated imagery and a few nifty action beats, but suffers from a lack of human connection.
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