360 has a circular structure that's deftly pleasing, though the human drama is just facile enough to make it seem, in the end, a little too much like connect the dots played with people.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Morgan has written some good movies, notably "The Queen," and Mr. Meirelles has won fans for neo-exploitation titles like "City of God." There's no way to know what went wrong with "360" and whether it was this uninvolving and shallow from the start.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Though the cinematography looks sleek, with shots through windows and in mirrors, split screens and city lights that blur and sharpen, the stories equate to a tangled mess.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
There are fleeting moments, but Morgan's narrative promiscuity leaves 360 feeling only spread out and empty.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
I hope Peter Morgan doesn't give up writing, and I do hope Meirelles gives up trying to be Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
With a multilingual cast of mostly unfamiliar faces, plus a few stars, 360 feels too abstract, orchestrating break-ups and hook-ups in a passionless vacuum.
Peter Debruge - Variety
"360" gives us much in the way of international anguish, frustrated coupling and longing stares, but there's very little plausibility or genuine emotion in its egregiously contrived story of ardor gone amiss.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
We hopscotch from person to person, continent to continent, grievance to grievance until things come thuddingly full circle (thus, the title).
William Goss - Film.com
One thing is remarkable here: the amount of high-powered talent assembled to document the obvious.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
A mistake from beginning to end.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
A better title: A Few Famous and Not-So-Famous Actors Bump into Each Other and Don't Do or Say Much of Consequence. Wordy, yes, but accurate.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
La Ronde 2011-style is simply a game and its makers expert gamesmen. The film is never less than intriguing. But the artifice shows all too clearly.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Like the fork that usually comes with your airplane meal, 360 is plastic.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
With its international collection of mostly two-dimensional characters and its barely developed ideas on adultery, capitalism, addiction and sex, "360" is an over-plotted and dreary farrago.
Sheri Linden - Los Angeles Times
If the film had not been afraid to go a little darker, dig a little deeper and develop its characters beyond their stereotypes, it would have been a much stronger effort.
Cory Everett - The Playlist
Spending 111 minutes watching people at the mall would be a more illuminating study of human behavior-and undoubtedly more entertaining.
Violet Lucca - Film Comment Magazine
Fizzles out with a terrible pat ending.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It often feels forced and inauthentic. Perhaps it's a weakness of the direction, but ultimately the film fails to fire up all its many cylinders
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Circular exploration of sex, love and relationships, in which interconnected characters reveal how actions, reactions and consequences impact on us all
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
One of those movies with a plot that is intricately constructed of a bunch of seemingly unrelated parts that end up fitting together improbably, but very nicely at the end.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It just goes to show that, even with so much talent involved behind and in front of the camera, some material just won't work.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Globe-trotting drama explores sex, grief, betrayal.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
A carousel that gets caught up in its own whirlwind and doesn't utilize or know how to appreciate its talent properly.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
As the action moves from Vienna to Paris to London to Denver to Phoenix and then back again, the vignettes blur into one another ...
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Mereilles stretches some of his links to beyond tenuous.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
According to 360 the world is united in broken dreams and wounded hearts. It's too bad that playing R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" on a two-hour loop could have expressed the sentiment more effectively.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Despite a few good moments, it's depressing, obnoxious, and condescending. To use a favorite critics' word, it's "leaden"... it just refuses to move.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The film's generic, meaningless title is a sign of the dullness to come.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It's a dull world after all.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
A starry cast and a knowing air can't add depth to Peter Morgan's tale of blackmail, infidelity and dodgy deals.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
A waste of talent and a tired enterprise, with its brief snippets of compelling content undone by the overarching blandness.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
An utterly superficial movie ineffectively posing as a work of significance. Yes, "grandiosely superficial" will do quite nicely.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Burdened with a dawdling pace and a contrived storyline (and the moral vacuum said storyline creates), 360 falls short on pretty much every level.
David Roark - Paste Magazine
360 is a classic example of how you can't always judge a movie by its credits.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Morgan just skims the surface of most of the stories, leaving you disappointed and frustrated when something with potential goes unfulfilled.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
[A] subtle and striking globehopping ensemble drama of human interactions shaped by sex and love, honesty and deception, allure and retreat...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Much like its own characters, it dithers too much - and it dares too little.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
If someone suggests seeing this, do a 180 - and run.
Morgan's dramatis personae connect only in the way a house's wiring connects after a visit by a duff electrician.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
There's one Anthony Hopkins monologue to remember, but that only highlights everything the rest of the film so sorely lacks.
Paul Fairclough - Little White Lies
The script never quite engages on an emotional level, the individual stories lack dramatic impact and there are some annoyingly pretentious moments.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
If you're hoping for an intelligent night out or any of the usual services, 360 demands a brisk refund.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
The episodic nature of the project keeps the character development to a minimum, and thus the emotional connection remains at a frustrating distance.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Even at a relatively modest 110 minutes Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles's sprawling ensemble piece tiresomely outstays its welcome.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
'360' is classy but utterly amorphous, and that seemingly benign title gives far too much away.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
A great disappointment by the City Of God man's high standards.
Philip Wilding - Empire Magazine
You'd hardly recognize the inspiration of Arthur Schnitzler's 19th century play "Reigen," or its previous cinematic interpretations (by Max Ophuls in 1950 and Roger Vadim in 1964), in Fernando Meirelles somber take on "La Ronde."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's as interesting as a viewing exercise as it must have been as a writing exercise. But traveling 360 degrees with your story means you end up right back where you started.
The big thing about Fernando Meirelles' 360 is that you never forget you're watching a movie. That's not a compliment.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
See it for its willingness to take you somewhere you don't expect.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
360 throws in enough cold weather, meaningful stares and cursory explorations of globalism to fool easily-impressed audiences into thinking they've seen something important, but there's nothing new or resonant going on here.
Few things are as cinematically woeful as a movie that tries to say something profound but only ends up stating the obvious. 360 is as fine an example of this as you will find.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The movie makes for joyless viewing, big stars and all.
Ella Taylor - NPR
360 has the pedigree, cast, and scope of a weighty film, but nothing much to say.
Alison Willmore - AV Club
360 has its successful elements and sequences.
Hannah McGill - The List
Directed by Fernando Meirelles from a dusty script by Peter Morgan, 360 is all superficial stimulation, hollow and stiff as it beats the dead horse of we're-all-connected narratives.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
...doesn't have much of a theme but for the sparks of intimate connection thrown off by its talented cast every few minutes.
Chris Barsanti - Film Journal International
Any lingering goodwill is sapped in the final minutes when a character earnestly opines, "We have come full circle." Talk about a cycle that needs breaking.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
360 represents the number of times you'll turn to the person next to you and say "oh, you've got to be kidding me!"
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
Banal, blundering and at times downright ludicrous, 360 is a full-circle misfire that Meirelles' lively images can't salvage.
Matt Mueller - Total Film
Some fine performances here, but the film seems too jumbled and pointless.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A sexual roundalay showing that what goes around, comes around. Indeed.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Meirelles keeps the film humming along, braiding these strangers into a single display of yearning, albeit a craving that takes the occasional unsavory turn.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
This beautifully assembled film is easy to watch. But that's the problem: the subject matter should be much more difficult than this, as it's about having the courage to make unexpected choices.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Some famous faces and decent performances are not enough to keep the boring, tired premise afloat. 360 is a watchable film, but ambles along without much purpose.
This is the filmic equivalent of a relay race. Some legs work very well but, during others, Meirelles and his team risk dropping the baton altogether.
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
It's too well acted to be a turkey, but it completely lacks the vibrancy or excitement of City Of God or the craftsmanship that has distinguished Morgan's best work.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
What's left is a sequence of downbeat sex skits, slotted together with all the finesse of an Ikea cabinet.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
There are some compelling performances here - especially Foster and Hopkins - but they are held at the mercy of tiresome armchair philosophy and an almost fetishistic focus on silly people and the misery they cause.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
There's the sense that the filmmakers are more interested in the formal connections between the characters than the characters themselves. This is a movie in love with its own architecture despite said design venting drama, like a house that loses heat.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
360 is not a film to love easily.
Mark Adams - This is London
It finally becomes clear that 360 is nothing more than a well-cast and expensive-looking actor's showcase...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews