Theron plays Aeon as a reluctant cipher who yearns to get back to a real existence. By the end, you'll know the feeling.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Aeon Flux is best appreciated for the costumes, the sets and Charlize Theron's haughty athleticism.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
It's made with some style, but flags after the first rip-roaring action moments.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Kusama seems to spend most of her energy rendering Theron in perfect poses and lighting schemes.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Thanksgiving is over, but those gluttons still hungry for turkey should enjoy picking at the carcass of Aeon Flux.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The enormous, and probably impossible, amount of style and wit required to resuscitate the original cartoon into something with real faces, bodies, gravity, and locations is beyond Kusama.
Michael Atkinson - Village Voice
In the dystopian future, apparently, women will be bendable Barbies in leather scanties, and everyone will speak like brain-dead robots.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
There's no way to say it but to come right out with it: Aeon Flux is a good movie. Actually, it's a really good movie.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
Ten years ago, Chung's animated Aeon Flux was groundbreaking, inspirational. It still is. Maybe another spin through Chung's Flux DVD set will wipe away all memory of its middling live-action cousin.
Robert K. Elder - Chicago Tribune
We know it's the future because everyone has the most ridiculous hairdos.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Justin Chang - Variety
Aeon Flux is by far the year's worst movie, a most dubious achievement.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's not terrible. It's not so bad that it's fun. Aeon Flux doesn't rhyme with 'flux.' It's just watchably bad, which is no reason to watch it at all.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Folks, I'll never understand studios. Aeon Flux is not that terrible. It's certainly more fun than a lot of films that get lovingly showcased.
David Edelstein - Slate
Although it would be difficult to laud this movie as being anything stronger than mediocre, it is superior to what one would reasonably expect from something Paramount was trying to keep under wraps.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Simultaneously silly, ostentatious and terribly boring.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
What is it that drives talented actresses to dive into a hot pile of cinematic crap soon after winning their first Oscar?
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Even Theron's sexy catsuit acrobatics can't prevent boredom from setting in as the film's unimaginative production design and dull dialogue take precedence.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
One would have expected something this cheesy to go direct-to-video %u2014 or at most to Showtime, on late at night.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Dean Essner - Time Out New York
stodgy and listless futuristic thriller that only ever echoes other cinematic sci-fi tomorrows.
Saxon Bullock - Film4
Between bouts of gun fights and acrobatics, "Aeon Flux" is a dreadfully boring and incomprehensible mess with a screenplay that constantly jumps between clunky to just plain embarrassing...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
There isn't a hint of the actress who earned her Oscar for Monster in this blank performance.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
a live-action feature that captures all too depressingly the original TV cartoon's evolution from inventive weirdfest to a more run-of-the-mill brand of dystopian cyberpunk.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
A story that is both poorly conceived and badly told.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Between Charlize's skimpy, spandex outfits and the equally-sparse, angular modernistic architecture this readily digestible, if implausible sci-fi adventure is laced with enough surprises to keep you engaged throughout.
Kam Williams - Upstage Magazine
The 15-year-old MTV cartoon on which it is based must be better than this.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The camera drools over each titilating catfight and gazelle-like leap.
Matt Bradley - Christian Science Monitor
The telling of this story is rather dull and lifeless; the film is full of rote combat sequences and no real sense of danger or adventure.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Michelle Thomas - Future Movies UK
A slick-looking action movie with too much exposition and a weighty, pretentious tone.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Slick, sexy, and incredibly stupid.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
A high-octane, indisputably terrible piece of futuristic silliness.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
An effort that's somehow both depressing and trivial.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Sometimes the film looks a little silly and the high hopes we had of talented director Karyn Kusama of Girlfight fame, are not realised. The end result is a film that verges on boring.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Dashingly beautiful but distressingly dumb.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
This year's Catwoman, a disaster of truly seismic proportions.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Theron looks terrific and the cast do the best they can with the material they're given, but someone really should have written Aeon a snappy comeback or two.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Aeon Flux es el ultimo blockbuster de la esperada temporada navidena y resulta sin embargo, tan solo un filme palomero de fin de semana.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
Preposterous, pretentious and surprisingly dull...
Neil Smith - BBC
The performances are plastic...
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Kusama (Girlfight) and her writers play it dead straight, and the result isn't nearly as much fun as it should be.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The bright, retro-futuristic Pop Art production design matches the 1970s 'THX-1138' values of a story that suggests freedom can be found within the natural world that lies outside our technological cocoons.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
There is something particularly ghastly about a bad science fiction movie
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Aeon Flux is not a instant classic or a pants-wettingly exciting adaptation of a forgotten graphic novel, but it is also not a Catwomanesque career killer nor a wasted 93 minutes.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
...sci-fi jolting gibberish. Did we already mention witnessing Theron in skin-hugging get-ups acting like a curvaceous contortionist experiencing PMS?
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
It's actually pretty decent.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
If the film proves anything, it's that what made Aeon Flux compelling and special as an animated series had everything to do with the medium and the freedom Chung was given to shape the story as he pleased.
Ryan Devlin - Premiere Magazine
While its heart is in the right place, Aeon Flux's head is just a little too high to make much sense.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It's not as bad as you might think.
William Arnold - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Theron makes a mark in the video game action flick genre with this, and thereby widens her portfolio. As though she needed to.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
James Verniere - Boston Herald
"Aeon Flux" is "Catwoman Redux."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
At least half is brilliant and inspired; frustratingly, the rest frequently lets it down
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
Neither cheesy fun nor laughably bad, it is just lifelessly dull.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A failure even on the action-adventure/vicarious-butt-kicking level.
John Anderson - Newsday
The tag line is, 'The Future Is Flux.' Personally, I think they left the 'ed' off that last word, and it's not only the future that's in this state, but the movie itself.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Bad special effects, bad action, bad costumes -- bad everything.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
It probably looked like a good idea on paper.
Mark Olsen - L.A. Weekly
"Aeon Flux" is thoroughly ridiculous, all but begging to be laughed out of the multiplex and into the second-run theaters.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Cirque du Soleil downloaded into a three-ring video game.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Portray(s) the future in a monotone drone, forcing the poor actors to murmur their flat, lifeless dialogue.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
An impersonal slab of sci-fi sameness, Aeon Flux wears its lethargy like a badge of honor.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The movie should have been called Aeon Sucks.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Scott A. Mantz - Entertainment Insiders
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
99% of the world has been killed by a fatal virus, and the remaining 1% probably smoked like chimneys, with my luck.
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
Breeds plenty of contempt.
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice) - Boxoffice Magazine
It's as if someone just swept up the floor at the Sci-Fi Factory, and instead of tossing the junk into the garbage, they glued it together and called it a movie.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
The futuristic thriller is overly familiar and never especially gripping -- and too somber and cerebral for the young action crowd -- but it looks terrific and is in no way an embarrassment.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
isn't as bad as I feared it might be, but it's certainly nothing more than a run-of-the-mill action flick that just happens to have some cool set designs
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
A hokey, post-apocalyptic jumble of clunky storytelling, tin-ear dialogue, and ineptly staged action sequences.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
The picture climaxes with the crashing of a blimp, an image that encapsulates the Hindenburg scale of its failure.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Weird pop-art becomes routine.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
One would figure, after 400 years of bad action movies, that leaders would learn: If a woman comes at you dressed in a tight jumpsuit, duck.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
To put it succinctly 'Aeon Flux' sucks!
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
This is one of those perfect on the outside-fascist on the inside societies where everything happens in huge, cavernous spaces for no particular reason except that it's a cool setting.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
This could have been, maybe, a rich and fascinating invented place to explore and hang out in, but instead it feels like exactly what it is: a bulls**t Hollywood excuse for science fiction.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The fact that a movie containing all of those elements could be as sterile and monotonous as this one is a wonder in itself.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The waste of talent and money thrown into this cheesy, haphazard production should be a criminal offense the world over.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Aeon Flux isn't about how cool or weird or geeky it can be, but about the potential endgame of a contemporary social debate, and that is its best asset.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Are you really willing to pay full fare just to see Charlize Theron do backflips in skintight S&M outfits?
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Even worse than Catwoman... If you are compiling a Ten Worst of the Year list, Aeon is a must-see. Otherwise, your time would be better spent doing just about anything else.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Theron is fetching enough in her tight outfits, but utters each line like she just downed a handful of quaaludes.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Despite impressive sets, a fine cast and some eye-popping special effects, this sci-fi action movie doesn't always work -- mostly because visual gimmicks overcome plot and character development.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Not even the sight of Theron in stylized bondage gear can atone for the muddled story, hackneyed action, and dulled-down effects.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Both gorgeously surreal and vacuously arty.
Keith Breese - Filmcritic.com
You know a sci-fi action film is failing when even the outfits are bad.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Paramount Pictures and MTV Films blatantly tried to keep the movie, which debuted Friday, away from critics to prevent opening-day reviews. For good reason. Hollywood suits didn't want anyone to know how utterly boring the movie is.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It was so uncomfortable to watch this film, I felt like I was desperately holding back a bout of extreme diarrhea while having dinner with my girlfriend's folks for the first time.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Despite the studio's lack of confidence, it isn't exactly an awful movie -- it's not Honeymooners bad, at least, and Paramount eagerly welcomed critics to that one.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
A thoroughly awful and unusually incoherent piece of work.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Dave White - Movies.com
An estrogen-energized companion piece to Michael Bay's The Island.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
If you couldn't tell the difference between a Flux from an Aeon before you walk into the theater, be prepared to make this response to the picture: 'whaaa?'
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Personally, after her amazing performance in Monster, I prefer the ugly Charlize Theron.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
This live-action cartoon tries to walk the line between pleasing the faithful and appealing to a broad-based action audience. It fails on both fronts.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Flashy but incredibly dull...a real catastrophe, the cinematic equivalent of a tsunami.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Poor Pete Postlethwaite comes off looking like an old man stuck in an oversize, dried out Cheeto Puff.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The film has lots of violence, but there aren't any consequences -- it's like a videogame, where the worst thing that could happen is you have to start over.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Not awful enough to be bad, nor ambitious enough to be good.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Charlize Theron has her Oscar. Now she has her Catwoman.
David Frese - Kansas City Star
I usually bypass puns based upon a film's title, but here I can't help myself: Aeon Flux is a flux-up of prodigious proportions.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony