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Source Code Reviews

March 23, 2014
Ultimately, Source Code makes good on its Hitchcockian opening sequence -- it may pale in comparison to the master, but it's a fun, puzzle-filled ride, with excellent pacing and a mounting uneasiness that recalls the best episodes of The Twilight Zone.
March 23, 2014
Source Code is a sci-fi thriller that simply shouldn't work as well as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2014
It's this emotional arc underlying the ticking-time-bomb plot that keeps the movie from succumbing to its flaws.
March 23, 2014
A thoroughly original, imaginative and fast-flying tale in which the Groundhog Day aspects are secondary to a story of service, honor and dedication.
January 3, 2012
Holes in logic get swept aside by the brisk pace and stimulating tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2011
A casually brainy and surprisingly thoughtful blockbuster... that is ultimately as much about saving the day as seizing it.
April 11, 2011
The movie is a formally disciplined piece of work, a triumph of movie syntax, made with a sense of rhythm and pace, and Gyllenhaal, who is always good at conveying anxiety, gives Stevens's desperation a comic edge.
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April 1, 2011
This time, Jones has more money and greater studio expectations behind him, so what begins as another existential head trip that puts ideas before spectacle eventually morphs into something trite and compromised -- hard sci-fi gone soft.
April 1, 2011
A smart sci-fi thriller that maybe asks a bit more of its audience than the average movie. But the payoff is solid, and really -- how long is eight minutes?
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 1, 2011
Duncan Jones' swiftly paced and engaging sci-fi thriller is a Groundhog Day for a post- 9/11 world.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2011
Years -- months? -- hence I expect there will be an avalanche of PhD theses focusing on these mumbo-jumbo mind-meld melodramas. In the meantime you can pick up your BA at the multiplex today.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 1, 2011
None of this makes any sense if you think about it, but the idea is so much fun that thinking about it may be your last impulse.
April 1, 2011
It's Jones' restrained direction that keeps Source Code moving, and confirms him as the rare filmmaker able, or maybe just choosing, to understand that even movies with explosions don't have to be dumb to entertain.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 1, 2011
The problem with "Source Code" is the idea of "Source Code."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2011
Director Jones and screenwriter Ben Ripley also deserve credit for expertly shuffling the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2011
The first film in a while to have a decent heart while quickening your pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2011
Putting across a premise as fantastical as this film's requires top-flight acting, as well as a kind of poker face, and that's precisely what the movie delivers.
April 1, 2011
A fun ride of a sci-fi thriller with terrific romantic chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Monaghan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 1, 2011
For the most part, "Source Code" delivers on its promises with precision and care - all that's missing is Punxsutawney Phil and a toast to world peace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2011
A thriller that takes a science fiction premise and uses it, not for the sake of splashy effects, but as a doorway into the human soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 31, 2011
There's just enough pop physics, and more than enough real human psychology, to lend this intriguing popcorn movie some depth.
March 31, 2011
"Source Code" is perfectly enjoyable as a swiftly moving thriller, and Gyllenhaal is effective as a mystified fellow who eventually engages himself - and us - in putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2011
In "Source Code," thinking is doing, which makes it a nice respite from standard action fare with its guys, grunts and guns (though there's some of that here too).
March 31, 2011
With a twisty, mind-bending plot that frequently changes direction and occasionally overreaches, "Source Code" wouldn't work at all without a cast with the determination and ability to really sell its story.
March 31, 2011
"Source Code" is a bullet train of a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2011
I'm still not sure what "source code'' means here. I suspect the actors, the director, and the screenwriter haven't a clue either. But the thing keeps you watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2011
Think of Groundhog Day morphing from comedy to thriller and you'll get an idea of the mischief afoot in Source Code.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2011
Here's a movie where you forgive the preposterous because it takes you to the perplexing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 31, 2011
It is a tremendous downer when the second half of the movie shirks logic, defies its own established principles and raises more questions than it answers.
March 31, 2011
Source Code certainly gives the audience a lot to chew on. But very little of it is digestible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 31, 2011
Its limited-time-travel premise offers some knotty pleasures throughout...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 31, 2011
The script by Ben Ripley doesn't come up with enough obstacles to throw in the hero's path, and his budding romance with the doomed Christina feels more like a studio mandate than an organic development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 31, 2011
"Source Code" is a contraption, no doubt. But it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 31, 2011
"Source Code" isn't as smart or adventurous as it might have been. But as popcorn entertainment, it's right on schedule.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 30, 2011
Source Code bats around interesting philosophical ideas about the elasticity of time, and the director finds moments of humor in unlikely corners of that train of fools.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 30, 2011
Part of the fun of Duncan Jones's frequently clever sci-fi thriller is being as in-the-dark as the film's protagonist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 30, 2011
The star here is Jones, who manages to paper over most of the holes in Ben Ripley's script with pure adrenaline and keep us guessing - and enthralled - all the while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 30, 2011
It'll make your brain hurt (in a good way) trying to determine whether it all makes sense -- until it quite obviously and frustratingly doesn't make sense anymore.
March 30, 2011
Ripley's intricate script and Jones's brisk direction invite us to climb aboard and enjoy the ride. But if you want to dig deeper, there is some serious stuff about a guy lost in fragments of time, groping towards a sense of his own identity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 29, 2011
A propulsive ride worth your popcorn dollar, not for its preposterous genre tinkering but for its refreshingly humanist take on a high-concept gimmick.
March 29, 2011
Source Code is what might happen if one cross-bred Groundhog Day with 24 and The Matrix.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2011
It's a crackerjack ride, shot and edited for maximum discombobulation.
March 21, 2011
Less introspective and ambitious than Jones' first film, but it's also more mainstream and accessible, in all the best ways.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 15, 2011
Confounding, exhilarating, challenging--and the best movie I've seen so far in 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 14, 2011
Source Code showcases Jones' ability to provide ample entertainment value with sharply drawn characters in a minimalist setting.
March 14, 2011
Intriguing if unbelievable sci-fi piece that quickens the pulse even if you don't completely buy into the set-up.
March 12, 2011
Solid execution and some provocative ideas can't save Source Code from a fatal hubris, as it thinks itself far more clever than it actually is and assumes it's earned emotions at which it's only hinted.