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Fun genre fare with uncommon intelligence, Predestination serves as a better-than-average sci-fi adventure -- and offers a starmaking turn from Sarah Snook.



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PREDESTINATION chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to prevent future killers from committing their crimes. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must stop the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time and prevent a devastating attack in which thousands of lives will be lost. (C) Vertical


Ethan Hawke
as The Bartender
Sarah Snook
as The Unmarried Mother
Noah Taylor
as Mr. Robertson
Christopher Kirby
as Agent Miles
Madeleine West
as Mrs. Stapleton

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Critic Reviews for Predestination

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (90) | Rotten (18)

  • This yarn - based on sci-fi legend Robert Heinlein's short story All You Zombies - is never less than intriguing, even if it does threaten to unravel at the slightest tug on a thread of loose logic.

    Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • One of Ethan Hawke's strengths as an actor is his willingness to jump between arthouse fare and B-movie genre fodder.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Like all time-travel stories, this inevitably trips on its own causal illogic - but not before it's offered you a taste of something genuinely rich and strange, and probably toxic.

    Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The most interesting time-travel movie since Primer.

    Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Predestination's pace is too slack, and the brothers are so painfully tentative as storytellers that the easily guessed big twist gets three separate reveals.

    Jan 13, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • A messy but affecting parable about fate, gender, and identity. And time, which combines the three.

    Jan 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Predestination

  • Jul 09, 2018
    Predestination is one of those science fiction films that perfectly exemplifies everything that confuses and fascinates me about time travel. It's both brilliantly cerebral and mind bogglingly complex. But the movie tightly tells the complex story in 90 minutes, without sacrificing any nuance. It's one of the few movies that I can say I instantly knew I was going to buy the blu-ray right after the credits rolled. Among the many impressive aspects to the story, is the story-telling structure. It feels equally part Nolan and Kubrickian, with a bit of a David Lynch/David Fincher vibe mixed in. However most importantly, Predestination feels like an original film bolstered by performances from the always great Ethan Hawke, as well as the career making turn from Sarah Snook. The depths both of them take their roles, but particularly Snook, is fascinating. And surprisingly neither of them were considered for Oscar noms in 2015. In short, Predestination is one of the best sci-fi's of the last decade. 10/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 06, 2015
    Time travel films are normally bizarre and intriguing, but Predestination takes things a step beyond. Sarah Snook makes for a sympathetic lead. The time travel special effect has a great visceral feeling to it. All-in-all, Predestination is a compelling watch and a must-see for fans of intelligent sci-fi.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2015
    A very good film. Well-written and acted, and I love the twist ending. This is a thoroughly entertaining and mind-blowing film. I would highly recommend it.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2015
    "You know who she is. And you understand who you are. And now maybe you're ready to understand who I am." Absolutely mind-blowing, Predestination is a fascinating high-concept science fiction thriller. Based on a short story, a temporal agent recruits a protégé and gives him a chance to avenge a wrong from his past. The writing is especially clever, and explores issues of free will, time paradoxes, identity, and fate. And, Ethan Hawke gives an incredibly performance that's quite powerful. However, the plot gets a little convoluted at times, and it doesn't really come into focus until the end. Still, Predestination is a compelling and provocative film that's incredibly daring.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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