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Reviews: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

edge_of_tomorrowReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Purtroppo la regia al grado zero di Doug Liman e alcune forzature divistiche in fase di sceneggiatura lo hanno ridimensionato ad un onesto intrattenimento popolare, che strizza l’occhio alle scatole cinesi di Nolan ed all’estetica del videogame.
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Jedno od rijetkih holivudskih ostvarenja koje pokazuje da se kvalitetna zabava može napraviti cak i od onoga što bi po prirodi stvari trebalo biti deja vu.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Estruendoso vehículo anual de lucimiento de Tom Cruise que propone un buen aspecto visual, claro, pero que se asienta sobre uno de los argumentos más endebles de los últimos años. Casi doscientos millones de presupuesto, sí señor.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: The film’s high concept (Groundhog Day as an action movie!) and mediocre trailers do a reasonable job of hiding what a smart and funny picture it is.
  • Chris Barsanti @ Film Journal International
    • Excerpt: Doug Liman’s half-inventive Full Metal Alien Groundhog Day war film is buoyed at first by Tom Cruise’s rascally twinkle before falling back on shopworn battle-bot effects and videogame plotting.
  • Steve Biodrowski @ Cinefantastique Online
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Patrick Bromley @ F This Movie!
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Edge of Tomorrow” is hard science fiction with high concepts and some pretty smart writing. Considering this is aiming for the audience that had trouble wrapping their brains around the dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream premise of “Inception,” “Edge of Tomorrow” does a fine job distilling its own premise to a “Groundhog Day” version of military sci-fi.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a fun ride that never really arrives anywhere
  • [New – 3/19/15] | Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: The film’s premise has been compared often to Groundhog Day, another film which found bleakly funny laughs in killing a major star while telling a story of self-improvement, albeit one with fewer giant mechanical squid beasts, but it feels more like a video game. Specifically, the idea of repeating the same day, trying to achieve a goal by accruing knowledge and experience, recalls the time travelling chicanery of Majora’s Mask (while the idea of dying over and over, each time hoping to gain just a little more ground, will probably trigger flashbacks in Dark Souls fans).
  • Tony Dayoub @ Cinema Viewfinder
    • Excerpt: It’s early still, but this summer, it looks like the action film to beat is EDGE OF TOMORROW.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: ¡Qué película tan entretenida! Además de lo buenísima que es visualmente, con unas escenas de acción muy espectaculares y originales, la historia no hace más que mantenerte interesado y subirte la tensión, desvelándote información poco a poco, y dándote giros constantemente.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: There is a Paul Verhoeven-esque quality to the movie’s opening, with future news clips being used to provide fast exposition, much in the vein of “Robocop” or “Starship Troopers.” Missing is the occasionally plastic Verhoeven gloss, in favor of a pitted, grease-stained metallic surface, like a war surplus Jeep.
  • Billy Donnelly @ This Is Infamous
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: [P]lows through any questions we might have about its premise with an almost unstoppable sense of narrative propulsion and a particularly nasty comic hook.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Intriguingly effective and exhilarating, delving into an eternal recurrence.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: There is an excellent balance of intense adventure and lighthearted humor. The first half makes extraordinary use of its head trip idea.
  • Travis Hopson @ Punch Drunk Critics
    • Excerpt: With a touch of slick humor, Doug Liman’s energetic direction, and a hint of the bizarre, this is easily Cruise’s best crack at the genre, despite a third act fail that threatens to kibosh the whole thing.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
    • Excerpt: Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow is the sci-fi answer to Groundhog Day that Source Code tried to be.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: A witty, clever, character-driven bit of science fiction wonderfulness, full of suspense, surprise, tension, and an unexpected poignancy.
  • Daniel Kelly @ Danland
    • Excerpt: “Edge of Tomorrow” has a way of gifting each re-entry a specific and enjoyable ambiance.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Cheers to a summer-released action extravaganza that isn’t a sequel or a reboot, but it might as well be once the promising first half ends, tedium sets in and no emotional attachment ever develops.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Mathieu Li-Goyette @ Panorama-cinéma [French]
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: The future in the hands of an opportunistic coward may not seem like a concept that should work, but Edge of Tomorrow works through typically contrived narrative elements to arrive at a film that may fit incredibly well in the richly diverse history of science fiction on the big screen.
  • James Marsh @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: Tom Cruise is on fine form in the high concept sci-fi thriller Edge of Tomorrow, playing a military spin doctor in a war torn near-future, who is caught in a time loop, re-living the same day of mass carnage over and over until the invading alien horde can be defeated.
  • Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood
    • Excerpt: It may be premature to call ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ the best movie of the summer, but this is the most fun I’ve had in a movie theater in a long time.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: It’s a testament to the film’s balance of slickly executed action, engaging cast and moments of welcome humour that even the many logical inconsistencies can’t derail the enjoyment of it.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Welcome to the world of tomorrow…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Edge of Tomorrow might not be the summer movie to end all summer movies, but as an accidental metaphor for Cruise’s career, it’s one of the most intriguing summer movies in some time.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: There’s a little less intrigue – and social commentary – going on here, but what the film lacks in thematic substance it makes up for in free-wheelin’ fun.
  • Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Efeitos soberbos, banda sonora adequada, uma guerreira badass a usar uma espada como poucas no século XXI (infelizmente por pouco tempo)… Que mais se podia pedir?
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Liman seems to have a natural instinct for how long to let scenes roll, where to let the tension build and where to release it. He and editor James Herbert (Sherlock Holmes) move nimbly through the material, knowing which thrills to separate and leave on their own and then when to chop them together, adding to the adrenaline by unleashing the shredder on a particular set of sorties.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Driven by Tom Cruise’s star power matched with Emily Blunt’s likability, directed with gusto by Doug Liman and containing enough boom-pow excitement to satiate the masses, Edge of Tomorrow is the blueprint of what a Summer blockbuster should be.
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Emily Blunt’s sexy tomboy incarnation of a modern day Warrior Queen is one hot baby.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Moderately engaging, but not up to the level of truly outstanding summer action fare.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look/Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: Edge of Tomorrow’s glib concept—“Starship Troopers meets Groundhog Day”—belies a film of remarkable energy, as well as unexpected braininess and pathos.
Updated: July 7, 2015 — 7:30 pm

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