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Reviews: Looper (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: In fondo quello che importa davvero al regista di Looper è raccontare l’abisso di un mondo senza domani, che vive un destino a termine e che si incarica di perpetuare la spirale della violenza in modo meccanico e spietato.
  • [New – 3/14] | Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog VI
  • Alan Bacchus @ Daily Film Dose
    • Excerpt: Despite its faults, glaring plot holes and unanswered questions, Rian Johnson’s inspired and energetic direction injects the sci-fi action genre with a fresh new vision reminiscent of the Wachowskis’ bold ingenuity with ‘The Matrix’. Looper is possibly the most inspired American action films in years.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Maybe I was simply overcome by the increasingly rare sight of a studio blockbuster made with wit and intelligence. Or maybe, with ‘Looper,’ Rian Johnson has made a popcorn movie into a work of art.
  • Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com
    • Excerpt: Once it gets us to that farm where a mother and child attract interest from two different points on a single person’s life, the movie becomes substantial and riveting. This core story has clear value and intrigue beyond other portions that may merely remind you of other dark, futuristic fiction.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: The best kind of light entertainment that expects you to be just as intelligent as it is.
  • Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba.com
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: Like any good piece of speculative fiction, “Looper” can’t be boiled down into a short plot blurb. Sure, you can say, “It’s about time travel and hit men,” but like Woody Allen once said, that would be like saying “War and Peace” was about Russia. For a more modern and cinematic comparison, it would be like saying “Inception” was about dreaming.
  • Stephen Carty @ Flix Capacitor
  • Bill Clark @ FromTheBalcony.com
    • Excerpt: Engaging, exciting, and successfully cross-breeding elements of Terminator and even Pet Sematary, Looper is a solid work of palatable science-fiction.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Johnson is strong enough to come in with a great conceptual finish, one which links his loopers to a more universal ‘cycle of vengeful violence.’
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: It’s not a film about meticulously working out how time travel would work in a real-life situation, but one in which time travel is used to explore interesting ideas within a piece of popular entertainment. For that reason it can sit comfortably alongside The Terminator as a great example of fun, populist science fiction that walks the fine line between heady concept and gleeful execution.
  • Jim Dixon @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: Sometimes the words “what a mess” just seem so inadequate. “Looper” is a derivative science fiction thriller that fails to thrill, while ineffectively navigating plot holes you could drive a truck through.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The result is a film that is simultaneously a visceral and an intellectual experience.
  • Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk
    • Excerpt: It’s clear that writer/director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) took a long look at the current state of the action movie, and decided to flip it on its head when he delved into the tricky time traveling film, Looper.
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About Gladiators.com
    • Excerpt: Great acting is often overshadowed by the perils of employing time travel.
  • Kimberly Gadette @ doddle
    • Excerpt: It’s official: Looper closes the loop on any doubt that writer/director Rian Johnson is one of the most fascinating filmmakers to appear on the doorstep of the 21st century.
  • Panagiotis Gkaris @ Movies Ltd
    • Excerpt: I am not exactly aware of which executive’s head gave birth to this brilliant idea, but, by Jove, me thinks nothing could make for a more fascinating sci fi experience than putting rich characterization upfront at the expense of cracking CGIs and non-stop action of the hollowness kind.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Exciting and engrossing futuristic thriller – with a solid payoff.
  • Richard Gray @ The Reel Bits
    • Excerpt: An intriguing concept that offers a unique twist on the time travel genre, but also spreads its ambitious ideas too thin.
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • Danny King @ The King Bulletin
    • Excerpt: ‘Looper’ is Rian Johnson’s third film, clearly his best to date, and a major step forward for him as a storyteller.
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Beyazperde.com
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Looper is the kind of movie that looks spectacular fully constructed, but has a number of stray threads that risk unraveling the whole picture.
  • Piers Marchant @ Sweet Smell of Success
    • Excerpt: Rian Johnson’s futuristic thriller is suitably knotty; but seeing Joseph Gordon-Levitt sporting Ben Affleck’s eyebrows is a little rough.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Keeps you mentally hopping, daring you to guess where it is headed, then cheerfully pulling the rug out from under you each time.
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: Rian Johnson’s third film is one of those movies where the journey is about sitting in the theater, on the precipice of understanding but still shrouded in confusion, witnessing a new world unfold before our eyes.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: In looking back on one’s life, one of the biggest questions is understand what has happened and what had to happen.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: It’s fast, it’s smart, and it’s very well put together. It’s a meticulously constructed and breathlessly engaging thriller, and one that never under-estimates its audience.
  • Jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz
    • Excerpt: [Looper] recalls some of the genre’s best recent films, especially Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys and Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men, and immediately inserts itself within their ranks with startling confidence.
  • Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]
  • Aiden Redmond @ Cut The Crap Movie Reviews
    • Excerpt: VERDICT: 9/10 Time Killers “About as awesome as time travel gets.”
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
  • Márcio Sallem @ Cinema com Crítica [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: (…) a violência realista, as boas atuações e um desfecho exemplar garantem a coroa de melhor ficção científica do ano para Looper: Assassinos do Futuro.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: I applaud the effort of making a fully original sci-fi film, with one of the most distinct visions of a post-apocalyptic future in recent movie memory.
  • Amir Siregar @ Flick Magazine [Indonesian]
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guy’s Opinion
  • Jean-François Vandeuren @ Panorama-cinema.com
  • Phil Villarreal @ OK Magazine
    • Excerpt: Although the future is amazing, the people of the era will no doubt be nostalgic for 2012, back when that amazing time travel movie came out, and security guards were powerless to stop people from pirating it.
  • Ed Whitfield @ The Ooh Tray
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: LOOPER is writer-director Johnson’s first foray into feature science fiction, and he navigates the genre with enthusiasm and agility, sketching his futurist vision with an apposite level of detail to maintain both believability and momentum.
  • George Zervopoulos @ moviesltd.gr [Greek]
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 11:02 am

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