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Reviews: Jupiter Ascending (2015)

jupiter_ascendingReviews for this film from our members:

  • Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI [Croatian]
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: As much as Eddie Redmayne deludes himself (and the Academy) into thinking he’s his generation’s Peter O’Toole, he shows his real acting style in this sloppy space opera. It does, however, take an extraordinary performance to make Channing Tatum look like a serious actor.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Los hermanos Wachowski regresan con una mega propuesta scifi que no es sino un soso refrito de su propio trabajo técnico y emocional. Parece que pierden la batalla entre mantener su esencia y ceder a una industria que les puede dar la espalda en cualquier momento.
  • Nicholas Bell @ Ioncinema
  • Matt Brown @ TwitchFilm
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: “Jupiter Ascending” is a fascinating and beautiful movie that might have a problem connecting with the average filmgoer, and that’s a shame. As much as I love the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, their unabashed success at the global box office makes it harder for less mainstream and more out-of-the-box features to get a piece of the pie.
  • William Clark @ From The Balcony
    • Excerpt: Jupiter Ascending sure looks nice, but beyond that it’s an incomprehensible mess of a story and certainly the last big-budget gasp for the Wachowskis.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: What little entertainment value this bloated monument to the evils of over-reliance on CGI derives from spotting the movies that influenced the derivative script. Sands of “Dune” blow over the landscape, along with some flotsam and jetsam from “Star Wars,” “Barbarella,” “The Princess Bride” and God help us, “Flash Gordon.”
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Make no mistake: Jupiter Ascending is superficially big and goofy and ostentatious. The movie seems too afraid to truly express those qualities, though.
  • Hugo Gomes @ Cinematograficamente Falando … [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: A pulpy, preposterous ‘lust in space’ saga, it’s a cinematic disaster.
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: It’s odd that the two siblings who have some real talent for visualising difficult ideas should have chosen to expend what’s left of their cachet on such a lumpen, under-written hunk of carbonite.
  • Blake Howard @ Graffiti With Punctuation
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven’t seen it before, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. And not in a good way.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Jupiter Ascending is not Battlefield Earth horrible, but they are going to be mentioned in the same discussion of movies gone wrong
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Jupiter Ascending is fantastical hooey, yes, but it’s also an exciting, frequently inspired, robustly entertaining space opera.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
    • Excerpt: The Winter’s Tale of 2015 has landed.
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: In the battle for which director (or directors) can make the most miserable destruction of their own careers, The Wachowskis have only their insanely bountiful style to keep them from utter mediocrity. Jupiter Ascending is the perfect embodiment of their rise and fall in the film industry.
  • Alan Mattli @ Facing the Bitter Truth [German]
    • Excerpt: It may only be February, but ‘Jupiter Ascending’ already looks like a strong contender for Worst Film of 2015.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: You have to applaud the Wachowskis for the sheer ambition, but unfortunately, “Jupiter Ascending” isn’t much more than a failure, an occasionally intriguing one to be sure, but not much more than that.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: It’s a bunch of pretty computer-animated star-stuff, but so is that “Flying through Space” screensaver on computers from the 1990s.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SF Crowsnest
    • Excerpt: In reality, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a bombastic and bloated bore of an outlandish fantasy-filled feature that basks in its convoluted escapism. Exasperating, excruciating and excessively exhausting…
  • [New – 12/17/15] | Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: It’s an original, great-looking and (mostly) serious take on sci-fi, and for a while that was enough for the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending to win me over. But once all the eye-opening locations and effects and characters are established, story must take over, and that’s when the film becomes a most unfortunate chore to sit through.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Algo tão épico e grandioso, que o único termo que se aplica é space opera. “Jupiter Ascending” esteve quase lá.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVDTalk
    • Excerpt: Look, Jupiter Ascending is not a great film. It’s full of strange logic and ridiculous off-hand concepts and it drags in spots and actually really is overly long. But it’s also an original creation, plucked fully from the over-achieving brains of the people who brought us The Matrix and the often criminally misunderstood Cloud Atlas.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The Wachowski siblings, who wrote and directed this movie, seem to hope that Jupiter Ascending will skate by on ambition alone that if they shovel in enough varying elements that what will come out the other end is a potential cult classic. I don’t see that happening.
  • Diego Salgado @ Guía del Ocio [Spanish]
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: A pretty but empty sci-fi bauble that quickly sinks in its derivative foolishness.
  • Sarah Ward @ Concrete Playground
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: While Jupiter is the directors’ weakest film since Matrix Revolutions, it affirms that even a flawed Wachowski joint is more intriguing than most Hollywood genre fare.
Updated: December 17, 2015 — 9:52 pm
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