“'Looper' Is A Work Of Art. It Is A Science Fiction Masterpiece, And A Crime Thriller Opus. 'Looper' Is An Absolutely Amazing Film."”
“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“Energetic Theme, With Believable Characters”
“This Time Travel Crap Just Fries Your Brain Like An Egg.”
“Then I Saw It; I Saw A Mom Die For Her Son; A Man Who Would Kill For His Wife; A Boy Angry And Alone. Laid Out In Front Of Him, The Bad Path, I Saw It. That Path Was A Circle... Round And Round... So I Changed It.”
“Love Bruce Willis. Love Joseph Gordon Levitt. Love Emily Blunt. Love Looper.”
“This Time Travel Crap Just Fries Your Brain Like An Egg...”
“What I Enjoyed About This Film Is That There Is No Newbie Character Built In To Help Explain The Deeper Meanings Of The Science Behind The Movie”
“Looper Is A Completely Original One Of A Kind Sci-fi Film That Is Thoroughly Crowd Pleasing Including Some Outstanding Performances From The Two Main Leads. Looper Is A Film That Only Comes Along So Often That Makes You Think And Actually Use Your Mind.”
“... Spawned From A Strange Tryst Between THE TERMINATOR, TWELVE MONKEYS And TIME CRIMES, LOOPER Is A Maelstrom Of Ideas Both Old And New Which Converge Into A Single Vision Of Hand-hammering, Limb-severing, Telekinetic-smashing Madness...”
“A New Favorite.”
“Vous Verrez, Que Les Enfants Peuvent Se Sentir Trop Vengeance”
“And So The Hunt For Oscar Has Begun...”
“"This Job Doesn't Tend To Attract The Most Foward Thinking People."”
“We Both Know How This Has To Go Down... So Why Don't You Do What Old Men Do... And Die.”
“The Terminator Meets Road To Perdition”
“Time In Full 360”
“Looper Is A Thinking Man's Science Fiction Film With A Bold Plot That Grabs You From The Opening Frame.”
Looper is a thinking man's science fiction film with a bold plot that grabs you from the opening frame.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Looper imagines a world just near enough to look familiar, and just futuristic enough to be chillingly askew.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Mr. Johnson throws a lot at the screen, blasted corpses included, yet little here is as initially transfixing as Mr. Gordon-Levitt's mug.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
- New York Times
A gripping time-travel, sci-fi thriller indebted to Christopher Nolan's Memento and James Cameron's The Terminator, but with its own creepiness and muscular sense of urgency.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Johnson hauls us through a cat-and-mouse chase, peppered with great dialogue and two showcase performances from Willis and Gordon-Levitt, who's nailed the pained look of befuddlement, the mannered slouch in the walk, that made Willis a star.
Henry Barnes - Guardian [UK]
It will likely have moviegoers gathering outside the theater afterward to hash out details of its intricately constructed universe.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
[It] may begin as a "Terminator"-like piece of time travel escapism, but ultimately gathers Old Testament-worthy force and fury.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
"Looper" pedals furiously and largely successfully to keep our disbelief from crashing to the ground.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
In short, for all its affectionate pastiche, Looper is a humanist movie, and is all the better for it.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Gordon-Levitt is flinty, and Willis, on his A-game, is fiery. Together, they take us on a helluva trip.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It's safe to predict that "Looper" will transform Mr. Johnson's career, and give pleasure to popeyed audiences for a long time to come.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Even with its echoes of sci-fi thrillers past, from La Jette to The Terminator, Rian Johnson's mind bender feels fresh - fresh enough to be forgiven for sputtering off the rails in the final act.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Looper has more heart than Brick and the 2008 con-man flick The Brothers Bloom. Both fine achievements, they could also be described as viscerally cerebral.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
Good news: Not only is the smart, sexy, sophisticated but still slam-bang sci-fi action-thriller not dead, it's just gotten itself a potent shot in the arm by way of writer-director Rian Johnson.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
If high-toned futuristic time-travel pictures with a splash of romance float your boat the way they do mine, you'll have yourself a time.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
The reasoning behind all this may not reward prolonged inspection, but Johnson is smart enough to press onward with his plot, leaving us with neither the time nor the desire to linger over the logic ...
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
"Looper" weaves between past and present in a way that gives Johnson and his actors opportunities to create a surprisingly involving narrative.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
That first hour cooks. And the second hour brings Emily Blunt into the story, which is a fine thing for any second half to offer.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The dystopian setting... makes for some bold cultural commentary, but as usual with Johnson, the engaging ideas feel like affectations rather than products of a fully developed sensibility.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Looper grounds itself in the commonplace realities of moments ... and then takes off on wild flights of science fiction-y suspense. The combination is cool.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Johnson wears his new maturity with confidence, delivering a tense, twisty story with an unexpected emotional wallop.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Looper" looks like and is a blast; what's really cool is it's even more than that.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The best advice is to not overthink "Looper," as Johnson's already done that. Instead, just sit back and enjoy it.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
[Rian Johnson's] grandly conceived, impressively mounted third feature shows a giddy, geeky interest in science-fiction, then forces it into the back seat and lets the multidimensional characters drive.
Peter Debruge - Variety
An indie-inflected popcorn movie with major brains, brilliant acting and a highly satisfying payoff, "Looper'' is the first must-see movie of the season.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a head flip of a time trip.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Stitched together with dynamism and precision
Jordan Hoffman - Film.com
"Looper" is thrilling to watch even when it falls apart.
Eric Kohn - indieWIRE
The dialogue is as clever as the conceit.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
This is a genuinely tough-minded and unpredictable movie, one of the fall's most enjoyable entertainments ...
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Looper felt to me like a maddening near-miss ...
Dana Stevens - Slate
Looper is a tremendous motion picture experience. Not merely a "very good" one, but a great one.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Rian Johnson's third and most ambitious feature keeps the action popping while sustaining interest in the long arc of a story about a man assigned to kill the 30-years-older version of himself.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Johnson establishes the machinery of the time-travel concept, then steadily pushes it into the background in favor of exploring his characters and the difficult questions they face.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
A fanciful film with the patina of hyper-realism, Looper is well served by actors who behave not as if they were dropped carelessly into the future but spent their whole desperate lives there.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
However long it takes to get your bearings, Looper is worth it. Bruce Willis expertly blends tough and tender and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is at the top of his game in this rip-roaring mind-bender.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Writer-director Rian Johnson establishes himself as an original talent who clearly believes storytelling must prevail.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
This is a highflying, super-stylish science-fiction thriller that brings a fresh approach to mind-bending genre material.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
With a heady script, stunning performances and fist-pumping action, LOOPER is the most enjoyable combination of immensely watchable yet poignant, even cerebral.
Meredith Borders - Badass Digest
If it weren't for its gaping plot holes, this could be one of this century's best science fiction features.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A fresh, intelligent and action-packed addition to the time-travel anthology.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Not quite the time travel story science fiction fans were hoping for, alas.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Is it derivative? Not really; just a reminder that cinema, like history, is on a continuous loop, forever repeating itself.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Yes, it's a B movie sci-fi thriller, but not many prestige pictures have this much going on underneath the surface.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
Despite its confusing logic and ornate storyline, Looper still grabs the audience with the raw emotional storyline on the farm and the constant popping back and forth in time. It's a head-scratching ride, but a fun one nonetheless.
Matthew Odam - Austin American-Statesman
If the whole thing leaves you rubbing your temples, just a bit... well, this headache's sort of worth it.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
[Looper] may be the best sci-fi thriller to hit the theaters since 1995's Twelve Monkeys.
Michael Burgin - Paste Magazine
Call it the coolest, most complex sci-fi of 2012 and the best movie of its kind since "Inception." Pow! What a ride!
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Accessible to a general audience while still having moments that will warm any film geek's heart, this is the kind of genre film that elevates the form.
Jason Gorber - Twitch
The movie is morally murky, to put it lightly, and that's a bit refreshing; we're made to think about why we want the protagonists to achieve their goals.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Intelligent, extremely imaginative, visually stunning and constantly surprising, this is filmmaking of the highest order from Rian Johnson.
CJ Johnson - ABC Radio (Australia)
Looper is among the cleverest, most skillfully crafted and entertaining sci-fi thrillers of the past 20 years.
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
A thought-provoking, heart-pounding take on the applications and ethics of time travel which, oddly enough, doubles up as a lesson in the importance of good parenting.
The smartest, most stylish and most outright entertaining science-fiction film of the year.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
This is one of those rare genre movies (like the original TERMINATOR) that reminds us that Sci-Fi can be smart. It's much more than just a bunch of special effects and explosions. It's what all movies should aspire to be.
Austin Kennedy - Film Geek Central
While it sometimes feels like it's trying to do much, Looper manages to be a creditable and exciting sci-fi flick that homages the past while carving out a unique identity.
Laurence Boyce - The Sabotage Times
Much as he did in Brick, Johnson creates a carefully drawn world in Looper that exists by its own particular set of rules.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
... has an irresistible energy and a don't-give-a-damn unpredictability ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Beautifully crafted, acted and written.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Anchors high-concept thrills and captivating ideas in a world of challenging morality and intricate personal consequences.
Tom Clift - Moviedex
Truly imaginative but all the twists and turns make the overall film difficult to follow. Plus Gordon-Levitt has not reached leading man status yet.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Part science fiction, part mob movie, and with a nice infusion of dark comedy at just the right moments, Looper is Johnson's best movie yet, and manages to be hugely entertaining, affecting, and thought-provoking.
Ian Buckwalter - The Washingtonian
takes us far beyond the film's high-concept premise into the kind of emotional terrain that too often escapes even the best genre filmmakers
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Kind of a reverse-"Terminator" without any of James Cameron's wit (or wisdom),
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
An endlessly creative mind-blowing film that captures everything right about the movie going experience. Johnson conjures up the most imaginative action/science fiction film since 'Inception.'
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
Doesn't quite reach the heights of the lofty ideals that it so ardently seeks to expound, but makes up for this with the sheer thrill of the journey Rian Johnson takes us on.
Steve Wright - SciFiNow
Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
Looper's super. An action-thriller that bothers to have a brain.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Looper may not take us back to the future as satisfyingly as Robert Zemeckis' Marty McFly trilogy or James Cameron's Terminator franchise, but writer-director Rian Johnson does enough right to all but guarantee that he has a future cult film on the books.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Engaging, exciting, and successfully cross-breeding elements of Terminator and even Pet Sematary, Looper is a solid work of palatable science-fiction.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
The key to enjoying the gruesome violence mixed with a healthy potion of emotional depth rarely found in this genre is to not dwell on the fiction in the science.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Sometimes time travel is just used a cheap device in movies to make them seem different; this is not one of those films. It's genuinely unique and fresh.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Has more depth, smarts, and heart than the usual sci-fi bluster.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
The best time travel films play on emotion rather than logic, and once Looper realises this and drops all the tail-chasing about how time travel works it settles into the engrossing action/drama about destiny it should have been from the get go.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
A just about brilliant sci-fi crime-drama-thriller mostly set in the years 2044 and 2074. Rian Johnson is a rare director who creates entertainment with depth.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Very entertaining on many, many levels.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
It's complex enough that sci-fi fans can dig deeper over multiple viewings, but thrilling enough that casual viewers can take it all in with one watch.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
The best kind of light entertainment that expects you to be just as intelligent as it is.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
...an above-average sci-fi tale.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
I don't know where you guys found that kid... Was it the same lab where they grew the Fannings?
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Rian Johnson makes a loud, dark, highly stylized film that looks good but whose ideas do not really bear close examination.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Time travel makes sense in Looper because writer-director Rian Johnson keeps it on a short leash, not requiring enough manufactured logic to trip over later.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
You don't need time-travel to spot a future cult classic.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
... Writer-director Rian Johnson never stops working, using the science-fiction setup and trappings to delve into the characters and give us a story with some real meat.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Besides a challenging time-travel premise, a dark sense of humor, and some thrilling action scenes, Looper has the kind emotional weight that you wouldn't expect.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
It's just a shame that a smart, thoughtful movie like this is all too often the exception to mainstream sci/fi action fare rather than the rule.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Despite some big set pieces, it's the smaller emotional moments that get us thinking
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
For a time travel thriller, this film is remarkably free of head-scratching anomalies in the plot, instead concentrating on richly developed characters and goosebump-inducing action
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
Nothing less than an exceptionally satisfying piece of futuristic ingenuity with a great corps of actors. It will knock you out -- in any time zone.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Do make time for it.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
It might be confusing in its time-travel material, but is both entertaining and somewhat challenging by being so action-packed and loopy.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Best stay focused and avoid a loo break!
Pauline McLeod - Daily Express
This all sounds a little too much like The Terminator, but Johnson keeps things moving and rings ingenious changes on familiar material ...
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the hardest working man in Hollywood for 2012, continues his journey to the A-List.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A scintillating neo-noir gem of existential quandaries and inescapable fatalism.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Featuring fantastic performances from the entire cast, absorbing cinematography, and one of the most unique concepts for a film in quite some time, Looper is one of the most creative, intelligent, and unpredictable films of the year.
Chris Sawin - Examiner.com
Time travel is tricky. Even more tricky than talking time is reviewing Looper and not giving away the tasty time treats awaiting serious and non-serious sci-fi fans.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Exciting and engrossing futuristic thriller - with a solid payoff.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan