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Reviews: Tomorrowland (2015)

tomorrowlandReviews for this film from our members:

  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Tomorrowland is the worst movie I’ve seen all year. Shockingly violent, pessimistic with a faux-upbeat ending, boring (again, one can’t help falling asleep), confused about what the story actually was, Tomorrowland is a horror.
  • José Arce @ LaButaca.net [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Lucido pero escasamente lúcido mostrenco industrial que aboga por mantener un espíritu joven para luchar por nuestro futuro. Un ideal muy bonito en esencia, pero aburrido, condescendiente y deslavazado en su materialización. Mal. Una lástima.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland’ has enough nostalgic golden glow, characters gazing off in a wonder, and John Williams-esque music cues to seem, in spots, like a Spielberg cosplay. Yet Bird seems to have learned the hard way what J.J. Abrams did in ‘Super 8’: the aesthetics are easy to ape, but one should never underestimate the value Spielberg places on tight, clear, logical storytelling.
  • Matt Brown @ Twitch
  • Samuel Castro @ Ochoymedio.info [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Brad Bird no logra llevarnos a un mundo del futuro que no logra inspirarnos en una película en donde sólo brilla una actriz infantil.
  • Erik Childress @ eFilmCritic
    • Excerpt: Despite all its flaws, this grown up still comes away from Tomorrowland wishing there was more of it to see and would gladly take that trip.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It feels dated visually, its narrative is spotty and its characters too broadly defined. On the whole, “Tomorrowland” plays like “Interstellar” for 8 year-olds with Disney’s animatrons thrown in for no discernible reason.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: While the film is a visual marvel, one in which the special effects are used to create a genuinely awe-inspiring world that recalls the utopian beauty of earlier sci-fi, it’s repeatedly undercut by its script. Specifically, the way in which it says too little about its plot and far too much about its themes.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: This film fights the good fight.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Tomorrowland’ displays a desire for innovation rarely seen in contemporary film, and delivers a picture packed with stunning set designs and a starry-eyed storyline.
  • Susan Granger @ www.susangranger.com
    • Excerpt: Spiritually simplistic, it’s a family-friendly sci-fi adventure fantasy…
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ kinoblog.com [Ukrainian]
  • John Hanlon @ JohnHanlonReviews.com
    • Excerpt: There are elements of “Lost” and “Indiana Jones” in here but they can’t overcome this film’s obvious narrative shortcomings.
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: Somehow manages to be at once highly personal and blandly anonymous.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com
    • Excerpt: It gets a tad heavy-handed, but my eyes welled with tears of geeky joy at the film’s embrace of an optimism it steadfastly refuses to see as old-fashioned.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: There is a moment well into Tomorrowland where George Clooney finally looks at the main character and yells, “Cant’ you just be amazed and move on?” Here here.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: A family entertainment that matches the tone and spirit of many live-action Disney offerings from decades’ past, such as 1975’s “Escape to Witch Mountain” and 1991’s “The Rocketeer,” “Tomorrowland” is a good-humored, inventively whimsical sci-fi adventure that’s a lot of fun, particularly for the first two-thirds.
  • Oktay Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @ NightsAndWeekends.com
  • Kristen Lopez @ Awards Circuit
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: “Tomorrowland” hopes to turn that concept on its ear by giving the youth in our nation (and around the world) a lofty goal to which to aspire.
  • Dan Lybarger @ KCActive.com
    • Excerpt: It probably doesn’t help that much of what happens in Tomorrowland seems murky. There’s exposition, but it’s easy to sense that the filmmakers wanted to get past the explanation and show off something cool.
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
  • Jason McKiernan @ Next Projection
    • Excerpt: Tomorrowland is one of those movies that clings so tightly to the thin line between “good” and “meh” that it’s difficult to review, because each opinion is hedged with another. There is plenty of good and nothing explicitly “bad,” but none of it goes anywhere, so the audience just sits and waits for 130 minutes.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The aim of Tomorrowland is admirable, we can all use a more optimistic outlook, but the execution comes across like an unfocused, ham-handed, self-congratulatory editorial.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Even if there’s a lot to recommend for those with inherent love for adventurous, Spielbergian escapades, it’s also one of those films that reaches out for greatness and doesn’t have enough there to successfully grasp. The fact that it could have makes it all the more frustrating.
  • Simon Miraudo @ Student Edge
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  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: … creeps our petty pace from day to day…
  • Kristy P @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: “Tomorrowland” is a massive letdown. Lacking in visual storytelling, emotional resonance and spectacle, it doesn’t feel like a Brad Bird movie at all.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
  • Kristy Puchko @ Spinoff Online
    • Excerpt: Tomorrowland is a massive letdown. Lacking in visual storytelling, emotional resonance and spectacle, it doesn’t feel like a Brad Bird movie at all.
  • Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: O seu potencial era ilimitado e no fim sabe a pouco. Tem as ideias, o elenco, os cenários, até tem andróides!, mas o início levemente forçado dá o tom errado a um produto que devia assumir orgulhosamente e à partida que era ficção-científica de topo, em vez de se apresentar apenas como um filme para toda a família.
  • Tom Santilli @ Examiner.com
    • Excerpt: If you’ve seen it in another movie, you will most likely see it in Tomorrowland.
  • Amir Siregar @ Amir at the Movies [Indonesian]
  • Cole Smithey @ ColeSmithey.com
    • Excerpt: Hollywood hastens its entropic slide with a dystopic children’s story that lacks cohesion, logic, and even style.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Deficient in magic and decidedly short on enchantment, as well as tiresomely preachy.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Gateway Cinephile
    • Excerpt: Despite its narrative and formal defects, Tomorrowland is a much-needed corrective to the glut of urban hellscapes and ashen wastelands that have swamped the imagery of the future.
  • George Zervopoulos @ Movies Ltd. [Greek]
Updated: October 1, 2015 — 10:08 pm
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