Jumper Reviews

  • There's no real behavior, just endless movement brought off with empty crackerjack skill.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Jumper is a barely coherent genre mishmash about a guy who transports himself across the globe at will.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • An elegantly idiotic sci-fi thriller that initially feels as though it might have derived from Philip K Dick -- but lacks the master's lysergic idiosyncracy.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • Short on imagination and anchored by a wan hero, Jumper is a flight of fancy that never fully takes off.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's that rare genre picture targeted to teens and young adults that suffers from underkill.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • This movie should be playing on the CW between episodes of Reaper and One Tree Hill.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Given its uninvolving story, uninteresting characters and the presence of half-man/half-tree Hayden Christensen, the movie is wholly dependent on special effects, which I rate only so-so.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Jumper, based on the novel by Steven Gould, re-defines -- downward -- the notion of dreadful. It does so by dispensing with everything a movie needs for a shot at being merely awful.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • It's a paradox, but science fiction has to make sense: It can rest on the world's most outlandish premise, but only if its internal logic holds up to scrutiny. And Jumper can't make that leap.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Jumper skips emotional traction (or humor) in what feels like a rush to the inevitable sequel or two.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • I can't see people lining up for a sequel -- unless Samuel Jackson's hair grows out and marches on Tokyo.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • One day, I feel sure, the rich mantle of charisma will descend upon [Hayden Christensen], but Jumper is not that occasion.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • A movie so silly you may find yourself giggling helplessly even as you wish you could magically transport yourself almost anywhere else in the world but where you are, in front of the screen showing it.

    Jim Emerson — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Is there something innately vexing about a story whose premise opens the door so wide, to so many geographical possibilities? Jumper, the film, goes everywhere and nowhere.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Like so many other CGI behemoths, this dull action fantasy ultimately squashes rather than inspires one's sense of wonder.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Adapted from Steven Gould's young-adult novel, Liman's tale of the bookish high-schooler with unusual powers isn't a shot of adrenaline, it's an OD.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's positioned as the first installment of a trilogy and, if Christensen follows through on the character's promise of greater charisma and depth, I'll willingly line up for the next two.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A herky-jerky mess of a movie, Jumper leaps about so erratically you get the feeling bent pogo sticks were employed in the editing room.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Jumper strains credulity, even for a fantasy-action film; its lead character isn't particularly likable; and Samuel L. Jackson sports funny hair.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A piece of idiotic sci-fi piffle called Jumper looks like $90 billion wasted on 90 minutes of popcorn junk. Even the butter is phony.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

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