Cloud Atlas Reviews

  • The new age spiritualism behind the story is flogged for too long and ultimately isn't that rewarding. However, the audacity of Cloud Atlas makes it a must see for any real fan of cinema.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • Cloud Atlas is a cornily enthralling sci-fi kaleidoscope.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • This is by no means the best movie of the year, but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The cumulative effect is one of spectacle over substance.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Cloud Atlas" deserves praise if only for not being the baggy, pretentious disaster it could have been in other hands.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Cloud Atlas" offers more answers than it does questions, and by the end of its nearly three-hour running time - which flies by surprisingly fast, all things considered - it feels like the most feverishly expensive late-night college bull session ever.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • There is a great deal of humbug about art and love in Cloud Atlas, but it is decidedly unlovable, and if you want to learn something about feeling, you're at the wrong movie.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • For all its strengths, the film is cursed by an ADD-style structure and a flashy but inevitably ineffective casting stunt.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • It plays like a gargantuan trailer for a movie still to be made (one that, given the same ratio, would be 86 hours long).

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Take a collection of stories, connect them through portentous themes and watch it all spin. We've seen it before -Babel, anyone? - but nothing is quite like the daft, brazenly ambitious cosmic fantasia ofCloud Atlas.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • It will aid your experience of the swirling, sweeping dramatic adventure Cloud Atlas, if you embrace the idea of being a little bit lost.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's kind of astonishing that for all its ambition and accomplishment, and for the ostensibly subversive philosophy it pushes, "Cloud Atlas" ends up being just another platitudinous overblown pummel-you-into-submission movie-machine.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It is so full of passion and heart and empathy that it feels completely unlike any other modern film in its range either measured through scope of budget or sweep of action.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • he best thing about Cloud Atlas is that it could, and should, turn into a properly divisive film... but one has to ask: does it allow for immersion? Even as we applaud the dramatic machinery, are we being kept emotionally at bay?

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The movie doesn't really work, but it's fascinating in the ways it doesn't.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • An incomprehensible mess, held together only by the elaborate stunt of having the same actors play wildly divergent roles in each story.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Did you hear the one about the Zen master who walks up to a hot dog cart, scans the menu, and asks the vendor to "make me one with everything"?

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Three directors, plus six story lines, times five centuries equals one grandly conceived, impressively mounted megaflop.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Exciting, exhausting and energizing, a brazen film that leaves somber cinema seeming too passive for its own good. This is a movie as big as life itself.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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