Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Reviews

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August 16, 2017
It's an enjoyable mess. Like all modern fantasy based on computer-generated technique, it confuses movement and action.
August 3, 2017
[It has] a lethargic, lurching narrative that bounces between trailer-ready effects set pieces, and then scrambles, in a truly desperate final act, for something resembling meaning, depth and emotional connection.
August 3, 2017
DeHaan and Delevingne can do better - and so can the rest of us.
July 28, 2017
You don't watch The Fifth Element for its storytelling, you watch it for its joyous, ridiculous sense of place and style, and that's doubly true for Valerian -- a movie that isn't nearly as memorable, but that works just fine as a tribute.
July 22, 2017
You come away admiring the effort while lamenting the execution, but swinging and missing is always better than not swinging at all.
July 22, 2017
A ripe visual adventure of limitless imagination hamstrung by an undercooked plot propelled by lackluster heroes.
July 21, 2017
Utterly unreal space story from Luc Besson (he of The Fifth Element fame), who seems to have watched James Cameron's Avatar and decided he could make it sillier, more scattered, and less emotionally engaging.
July 21, 2017
Maybe just rewatch The Fifth Element instead.
July 21, 2017
If nothing else, those who lament Hollywood's over-reliance on special effects have a shiny new example of such excess by way of Europe, situated in a faraway galaxy that mostly makes one yearn to escape into the sunlight of planet Earth.
July 21, 2017
As a complete motion picture experience, it falls considerably short.
Top Critic
July 20, 2017
Besson's trying to cram in as much as he possibly can, but the more he overstuffs the movie, the emptier it feels.
July 20, 2017
The City might be an interesting place to spend some time if a busy and chaotic story didn't keep getting in the way, and if we were allowed to hang out for a little while longer with Ethan Hawke and Rihanna.
Top Critic
July 20, 2017
Valerian is exuberant, extravagant, and generally likable. Yet many parts of the movie just don't work. Sticklers for things like acting and dialogue are likely to be dissatisfied.
July 20, 2017
Valerian is sci-fi at its most fantastical. It's a shame that the dialogue, acting and anything involving humans too often feels stilted and unbelievable.
July 20, 2017
There is more candy here, of the retinal variety, than a jumbo bag of Airheads.
July 20, 2017
Besson's commercial instincts for sleek, violent fantasy are often sound, but "Valerian" is more sedative than show.
July 20, 2017
Besson styles him as a cocky space rogue, but Valerian is weak sauce. And so is this movie.
July 20, 2017
Technology can't generate verve -- at least not yet -- or the sort of chemistry that's entirely absent in the pairing of these attractive performers.
July 20, 2017
The plot is beside the point. Besson loads the picture with enough loopy visual splendor to keep us pleasurably distracted for long stretches.
July 20, 2017
"Valerian" has some cool visuals. But there's more to science fiction than pretty pictures.
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