Source Code Reviews

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Una LaMarche
New York Observer
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.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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March 23, 2014
It's this emotional arc underlying the ticking-time-bomb plot that keeps the movie from succumbing to its flaws.
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 3, 2012
Holes in logic get swept aside by the brisk pace and stimulating tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
July 29, 2011
A casually brainy and surprisingly thoughtful blockbuster... that is ultimately as much about saving the day as seizing it.
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 1, 2011
Duncan Jones' swiftly paced and engaging sci-fi thriller is a Groundhog Day for a post- 9/11 world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 1, 2011
The problem with "Source Code" is the idea of "Source Code."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
April 1, 2011
Director Jones and screenwriter Ben Ripley also deserve credit for expertly shuffling the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 1, 2011
The first film in a while to have a decent heart while quickening your pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 31, 2011
There's just enough pop physics, and more than enough real human psychology, to lend this intriguing popcorn movie some depth.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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).
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 31, 2011
"Source Code" is a bullet train of a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 31, 2011
Its limited-time-travel premise offers some knotty pleasures throughout...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 31, 2011
"Source Code" is a contraption, no doubt. But it works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 28, 2011
It's a crackerjack ride, shot and edited for maximum discombobulation.
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Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
March 15, 2011
Confounding, exhilarating, challenging--and the best movie I've seen so far in 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 14, 2011
Intriguing if unbelievable sci-fi piece that quickens the pulse even if you don't completely buy into the set-up.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
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.