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Passengers Reviews

December 23, 2016
Ironically, Passengers is at its most evocative when capturing a state of utter tedium.
December 23, 2016
Fixing the malfunctioning Avalon requires addressing the fundamental damage, but the film seems to argue that the same does not hold true for the human heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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December 22, 2016
Passengers, a fairy tale set aboard a luxury spaceliner, has billion-dollar ideas and five-cent guts.
December 22, 2016
If the filmmakers had delved into the direness of their situation and mined it for more than just a grand-scale lovers' spat in outer space, the movie might have been more than a sleek, well-designed curiosity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 22, 2016
Disappointing at best, problematic at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 21, 2016
Passengers is an odd movie but its central questions and dilemmas are compelling and there's enough here of substance for the impressions to linger. Problems aside, it's a journey worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 21, 2016
Perhaps as a well-written play for a cast of three, "Passengers" might have been first class. Instead, it's just another mediocre thrill ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 21, 2016
Who knows why Mr. Pratt and Ms. Lawrence signed up for this production; still, they're both pros and they do what they can with the wretched material.
December 21, 2016
Ostensibly we're supposed to like Pratt and Lawrence together, yet Pratt's character does something so unforgivable to Lawrence's at the outset that their ensuing interactions simmer with a mix of horror and disbelief.
December 21, 2016
The spectacle feels lifeless and what could have been a challenging moral provocation dissolves into sappy, feel-good pandering. Lawrence and Pratt deserve better. So do audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 21, 2016
At best, Passengers is glib and cutesy in the face of otherwise serious themes. At worst, it's an argument that men can do whatever they want with the knowledge that things will always work out for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 21, 2016
Inside this failed picture there's a sicker, darker, more truthful one crying to get out.
December 21, 2016
Lawrence and Pratt are both big movie stars and they look good, fulfilling the minimum requirements of holiday movie fare. But "Passengers" is a missed shot at something more worthy of their talents.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 21, 2016
"Passengers" hinges on a morally dubious act that the filmmakers gloss over in a series of creepy justifications and a sudden third-act reversal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 20, 2016
Despite the confinement and the limited cast, "Passengers" has moments of intense drama that take the actors to places of extreme feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2016
The major creative players either didn't realize that they were essentially making a feature-length ad for Stockholm syndrome, or that they didn't really care.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 20, 2016
The film eventually runs out of rocket fuel, piling on the special effects but arriving at a disappointing conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2016
"Passengers" increasingly succumbs to timidity and begins shrinking into a bland science-fiction adventure whose feats of daring and skill feel stale and secondhand.
December 20, 2016
As serious science fiction, Passengers falls seriously short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2016
This is a well-designed, initially intriguing, visually interesting sci-fi romance torpedoed by a premise -- and a payoff -- so creepy and misogynistic, it's amazing nobody... raised concerns about [it].
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 20, 2016
A perfectly enjoyable romantic adventure, featuring two of the world's most charismatic stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 20, 2016
There are so many points along the way when the stranded-in-space drama "Passengers," which is not a good movie, could have made different choices and become one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 20, 2016
For audiences expecting a two-hour charm offensive, Passengers is not the movie you think you're going to see. It's something considerably darker and dumber.
December 20, 2016
What's worse than the actual movie itself, though, is how indicative it is of modern group-think studio production.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
December 20, 2016
It's a clever enough conceit, doomed by a bungled meet cute.
December 20, 2016
There's so much potential. What a shame it's never realized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 20, 2016
Pratt and Lawrence are great company. They could make 90 years go by in the blink of an eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2016
Sweet but inconsequential at its best, overly contrived at most other times, "Passengers" takes too long to get to its too inevitable plot points to truly entertain.
December 19, 2016
The film rises and falls on the talents of Pratt and Lawrence, and they are considerable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2016
Something of the movie's true spirit can be detected in the face of Sheen's bartending android, Arthur. Just below the smiling surface he's ironic, mischievous, dirty-minded.
December 19, 2016
Hits the most predictable beats while hammering its way to a conclusion that's as egregiously contrived and corny as it is predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 16, 2016
What's a rather intriguing premise, replete with meaty themes to chew on, eschews all that to focus on sexy space fun times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 15, 2016
It ends up as nearly as cold and creepy as the space it takes us through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 15, 2016
What, exactly, is this movie trying to be?
December 15, 2016
Given the imaginative setup and the material's provocative questions about mortality - not to mention the future of humankind - the movie's neat lessons about the nature of happiness and a life well lived feel too easy, too obvious.
December 15, 2016
"Titanic" in space? No, but it's certainly a disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 15, 2016
An unwelcome thematic stain regarding issues of male captivity fantasy and victimization makes the heroic derring-do that dominates the second half ring laughably hollow.
December 15, 2016
Essentially amounts to a risable two-hour exhibit of sci-fi Stockholm Syndrome.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 15, 2016
"Passengers" is the tale of a lonely guy in space, the drama of an ethical conundrum, a love story featuring two of the hottest actors on the planet, and a turbulent sci-fi action-adventure - and for all of that, it manages to be not a very good movie.
December 15, 2016
Dreams up one of the most intriguing 'what would you do?' scenarios in recent movie memory and takes it precisely nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5