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
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
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
Rian Johnson is a very clever man, if sometimes a bit too clever for his own good.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
This is the real deal, folks - intelligent, humorous, exciting entertainment that happens to be sci-fi but is by no means limited to that genre's target audience in terms of appeal.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
This is a wildly entertaining film that isn't content with science and cinematic tricks. It desires, and achieves, much more.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
I found myself dreaming of the days when Willis would take a rest from Die Hard-ing to do character cameos of unexpected depth and pathos: Pulp Fiction, Nobody's Fool, and a few others. Now he clings to stoic longevity, and shoots people.
David Thomson - The New Republic
The ending is both daring and logical, two rarities in modern sci-fi.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
With a heady script, stunning performances and fist-pumping action, LOOPER is the most enjoyable combination of immensely watchable yet poignant, even cerebral.
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
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
[Looper] may be the best sci-fi thriller to hit the theaters since 1995's Twelve Monkeys.
Michael Burgin - Paste Magazine
Is it derivative? Not really; just a reminder that cinema, like history, is on a continuous loop, forever repeating itself.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
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
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
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.
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
The smartest, most stylish and most outright entertaining science-fiction film of the year.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ingenious with a fine performance by Emily Blunt, but far too much cold-blooded violence.
Tony Medley - Tolucan Times
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
Has more depth, smarts, and heart than the usual sci-fi bluster.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
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)
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
Very entertaining on many, many levels.
Bob Grimm - Tucson Weekly
The best kind of light entertainment that expects you to be just as intelligent as it is.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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
...an above-average sci-fi tale.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
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
I don't know where you guys found that kid... Was it the same lab where they grew the Fannings?
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
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
... 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)
You don't need time-travel to spot a future cult classic.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
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
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
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
A scintillating neo-noir gem of existential quandaries and inescapable fatalism.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the hardest working man in Hollywood for 2012, continues his journey to the A-List.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
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]
Do make time for it.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
"Looper" is frenetic, loud, creative, entertaining and, of course, unbelievable.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
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
... re-establishes the (time travel) genre in a new and fresh way. And seriously, how cool is it to have an actual blunderbus for an assassin's weapon?
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Exciting and engrossing futuristic thriller - with a solid payoff.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
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
Looper does a better job of making sense of the nonsensical than any time-travel film since Shane Carruth's undervalued Primer.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Looper is a rare example of ingenious science-fiction storytelling where the fundamental concepts are so intriguing that their stylish execution feels like gravy.
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Unusal and Intriguing
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
So close to being a great movie is Looper that I want to go back in time and chat with writer-director Rian Johnson about the parts of the film that come up short.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
I'm definitely going to see "Looper" again. But you know what I want even more than that? I want to go back in time, and experience it for the first time again.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
The most robust pure sci-fi in years - tighter and more fun than even 'Inception', if not as dizzyingly ambitious in its engineering.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
More than just being atmospheric, "Looper" also delivers some awesome action sequences and novel plot twists ... This is a movie that sticks with you and is fun to talk about after the fact.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Ambitious to a fault, but Johnson's vision remains original and initially hypnotic, constructing a wild but winded tale of time travel -- one of the rare movies this year with almost too much minutiae to manage successfully.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Mind-bending science-fiction and proud of it, not just a Western set in outer space or a monster movie set on an alien planet. It's worth seeing twice.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Well-constructed narrative, looping back on itself, spiraling willingly into its own paradoxes and dealing with all the weird overlaps in a way few movies dare to bother with.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
As sturdy as it is stylish -- but most of all flat-out entertaining.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
A sci-fi action thriller that's smart, complicated, and that actually follows through on plot twists guaranteed to make the audience uneasy.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
"Looper" is the best action/sci-fi film in years.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Johnson's direction builds on the optimistic tone that is inherent in the best time-travel stories: the idea that there are always second chances to fix past mistakes.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Writer-director Rian Johnson has come up with a nifty sci-fi hook, and he keeps as tight a rein as possible on the story's twisty internal logic.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
Like any good piece of speculative fiction, "Looper" can't be boiled down into a short plot blurb... There hasn't been a movie quite like it.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
... a smart and sharply realized vision of a not-too-distant, not-too-dystopian future [that] doesn't get too fussy with the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Keeps you mentally hopping, daring you to guess where it is headed, then cheerfully pulling the rug out from under you each time.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
The transgression of internal logic suspends a faithfully observant viewer's disbelief more than Mr. Gordon-Levitt's glued on eyebrows.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
this is nothing less than a consideration of how at every moment, every person on the planet is making one of an infinite number of choices that will lead to an infinite number of possibilities. It's enough to make the head spin. And it does. Sublimely.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
This is an exciting, exceptionally well-made futuristic thriller that also happens to be loaded with lived-in touches and punchy ideas.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
One of the best movies of the year.
Joshua Tyler - Giant Freakin Robot
Boasts Rian Johnson's reverence for cinema past while taking genre movies into a promising future. Looper is that rare thriller that always stays ahead of its audience. You may feel like you need a time machine just to catch up to it.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
A mind-bending ride that is not afraid to slow down now and again, to explore themes of regret and redemption, solitude and sacrifice, love and loss. It's a movie worth seeing and, perhaps, going back to see again.
Christopher Orr - The Atlantic
A fashionably sleek, unfashionably smart science-fiction film that tick-tick-ticks along with pocket-watch precision.
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Looper is an ambitious undertaking. The (slightly) flawed result stands heads above as an example of quality sci-fi crafted by an artistic and creative filmmaker.
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
Johnson doesn't explain too much, but he explains just enough about how two people can be one person, and how the younger entity's actions, in real time, can affect the memory of the older entity.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Looper is a thoughtful genre-bender that brings science-fiction, action and mystery together in one tight package.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
While the third act inevitably bogs down a bit in gunplay and chases, there are more than enough moments of visual wonder and storytelling surprise to make it worth the trip.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Awards talk is way premature. But giving a solid, mostly original genre entry its due praise is not.
Luke Y. Thompson - Nerdist
The smart idea at the center blossoms into an equally smart movie.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
A stunner from start to finish -- a smart, exciting time-travel action film that respects its audience, its genre and even its characters.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
As with his brilliant and ground-breaking "Brick," also starring Gordon-Levitt, writer/director Rian Johnson has an engaging and compelling way of mixing genres.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
While Gordon-Levitt and Willis have a blast with the space-time issues and some funny dialogue, the movie loses steam after a solid start.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Looper is a challenging, fun, serious and action packed movie in all of the right ways.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
I'm a sucker for time-travel movies.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Johnson - who collaborated with Levitt on his brilliant debut thriller Brick - has crafted both an intelligent and compelling sci-fi world.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Looper is like a Christopher Nolan movie with a sense of humor.
Vincent Mancini - FilmDrunk
Johnson's action scenes occasionally stumble, but the devilishly clever script makes "Looper" a thrilling, dizzying ride.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
The subplot revolving around Cid takes away from the sci-fi and time travel yarn, taking me out of the loop, so to speak.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Looper provides some breathtaking moments of action and food for thought, although we'd go easy on the latter.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
An ingenious, witty film that simply brims with ideas and energy.
Damon Wise - Radio Times
While "Looper" lacks the heft of a classic, this wayback machine is worth taking for a spin.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Other films evoked by 'Looper' include Brian De Palma's 'Carrie' and, inevitably, Terry Gilliam's '12 Monkeys' (1995), which also stars Willis and which is light years ahead of 'Looper.'
James Verniere - Boston Herald
You'll be unravelling its time travel machinations in your head as you walk from the cinema, but there are some scenes that will live much longer in the memory.
Matt Neal - The Standard
A playful sci-fi thriller on the tantalising theme of time travel and how the future can be altered.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
From the carefully choreographed action scenes to the themes of revenge and redemption, Looper is the work of a visionary. Don't miss it.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Looper may be as flawed as hell... but it has enough brilliance to get it over the hump.
Lynden Barber - sbs.com.au
Looper marks a significant step forward for time-travel storytelling. Johnson's outstanding vision and execution push at the genre's emotional and psychological boundaries harder than any sci-fi work in recent memory.
Jonathan Lack - We Got This Covered
Once you envision how ridiculous the Tinseltown version of this tale would be, what director Rian Johnson accomplishes is all the more special.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It's official: Looper closes the loop on any doubt that writer/director Rian Johnson is one of the most fascinating filmmakers to appear on the doorstep of the 21st century.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
Yet another rehash of the first "Terminator" film, revisiting the time travel genre without bringing a whole lot new to the table.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
A really fresh and innovative spin on the genre that, although it doesn't quite result in the next great sci-fi classic, is definitely one of the better contemporary films of its kind.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
With his third film, writer/director Rian Johnson has crafted his most mainstream picture to date, without sacrificing one whit of the dazzling inventiveness or finely detailed characterizations that distinguished his earlier pictures.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
While there are problems aplenty with the logic (or lack thereof) of the plot's various elements and devices, I still managed to be caught up in the characters and the story as they played out. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
A for effort. C and see-me for results and how to improve them for the DVD.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Brutal and chilling, if not air-tight, it is best to allow the many pleasures of "Looper" to sweep over without dwelling too closely on particulars.
Not just a great movie but a great movie that seems to promise more great ones to come.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The result is a film that is simultaneously a visceral and an intellectual experience.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The most resourceful, vivacious and savage science fiction movie of 2012.
Adam Lee Davies - Little White Lies
The leads blend as seamlessly as any young-old character coupling I've seen.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Though this is a shadowy, violent film, Johnson wisely inserts just enough humor to create shades of gray rather than blackness.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
The first half of writer/director Rian Johnson's film is gripping, but by the second half it's all become unbelievably confused and disjointed.
Claudia Connell - Daily Mail [UK]
A bold, ambitious sci-fi drama that is destined to be more admired than adored.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Faintly absurd, but done up with such confidence that you're willing to go along for the ride.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A very fulfilling sci-fi adventure that certainly knows how to close the loop.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
Johnson is strong enough to come in with a great conceptual finish, one which links his loopers to a more universal 'cycle of vengeful violence.'
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
"Looper" is a welcome return to smart science fiction. It's more than just a popcorn film. It's a drama that uses an age-old genre device to play a fantastic moral game of cat and mouse. A definite must-see.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
"Looper" shows a good deal of evidence of [Johnson's] ability to deal with complex issues in an engaging manner, but it also shows that he knows how to put together an intriguing story with the material.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
It's a science fiction film that gives you a lot of plot to chew on and some genuine moral dilemmas - about sacrifice, guilt, heinous crimes to protect the greater good and what-not.
There hasn't been much lately for those who crave some brain power along with their effects-driven firepower. Now comes Looper, the time-travel tease from Rian Johnson that is an immensely fun yet thought-provoking ride.
Cary Darling - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Johnson knows what he wants you to think about, and he expects you to relax and enjoy the rest. You can draw the diagrams later.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
"Looper" is a superior genre film, an engrossing thriller that engages not only the senses, but our minds as well, just as good sci-fi should do.
Randy Myers - San Jose Mercury News
This is a "you know what would be cool?" movie that considers the real-world ramifications of its science-fiction whiz-bang, and a film of ideas that doesn't skimp on the action.
Noel Murray - AV Club
Looper is a self-consciously good-looking, profoundly silly movie that nevertheless comes off as high-minded.
Jeannette Catsoulis - NPR
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.
For sci-fi nuts, Looper corrects the past.
Matt Patches - Hollywood.com
Despite the movie's downbeat view of the life-is-cheap future, it's a kick to watch, and makes a virtue of its bleakness by virtue of amusing performances.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
[Johnson] uses speculative and film noir elements to defy expectations of both.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The second Rian Johnson movie in a row (following The Brothers Bloom) that looks great but meanders while doing it.
Looper isn't just the smartest, most ambitious film I've seen in 2012, it's something more: it's one of my favourite films of all time.
Adam Ross - The Aristocrat
Matching its intelligent and taut thrills with richly developed characters and thought-provoking questions, this is one of the decade's best sci-fi flicks.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Looper is a dark, violent and surprisingly intelligent edge-of-your-seat thriller with a similar feel to sci-fi trips like Inception and In Time.
Adam Bub - MovieFIX
With just his third feature, Looper's writer-director Rian Johnson reveals himself to be the most exciting and unorthodox filmmaker to splash into the mainstream since Christopher Nolan.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
It's an intriguing ride and I really enjoyed it. I think it's clever.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
A clever, clever contraption about trading in your future to feed your present, and the lost boys and regretful men who willingly embrace such a bargain already believe they have nothing to live for or look forward to.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
Looper is so bursting with its own ideas, it is easy to miss how cannily Johnson references other movies.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Looper is up there with Duncan Jones' Moon and Source Code in the ranks of this century's most genuinely exciting sci-fi films.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
The finish is the cinematic equivalent of David Tyree's Super Bowl catch; a conclusion that miraculously - magnificently - manages to close the final loop with an off-the-Richter-scale stroke of genius.
Erick Weber - NECN
As in the very best Anthony Mann and John Ford westerns, Looper at once understands the visual power of violence and is deeply critical of it.
Chris Cabin - Slant Magazine
Johnson's brilliant move is to center his sci-fi around a basic human survival drama.
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
Loopers really need to unionize.
Phil Villarreal - OK! Magazine
...a muddled echo of several other films where the filmmakers treated their ideas as something more than a gimmick.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
For all its weighty genre trappings, Looper is really about that existential connection, and in that it mostly succeeds.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
All of Looper's ideas, elements and actions loop back on themselves to create a thrilling, fascinating and fiercely imaginative head-scratcher that's undoubtedly the best sci-fi of 2012.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Rian Johnson...has conjured a supremely well-crafted science-fiction thriller that fully delivers on the promise of its out-there premise.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
Looper is one of the few modern-day character-motivated science fiction films to [also] succeed on levels of action and suspense.
Staci Layne Wilson - Sci-Fi Weekly
Intriguing conversation material but curiously cold and unsatisfying as drama.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
A stylish, intelligent and superbly acted Sci-Fi thriller with some intriguing ideas and great dialogue ...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
I knew this was my kind of sci-fi movie when Bruce Willis yells at Joseph Gordon Levitt, insisting that they stop talking about how time travel works and just get down to the business at hand.
Joanna Langfield - The Movie Minute
A nifty time-travel thriller that hits the mark.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's nice to have a movie worm its way into your brain and leave you wondering and wanting more, and for the mechanics of the plot hold up to further scrutiny. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's fake eyebrows, I suspect, would not withstand such close examination.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Will render any blubbering sci-fi fan speechless.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Looper tries (and fails) for a love-against-all-odds resonance, but the shortcomings are minimal. Johnson's still got plenty of unlooped time to grab that brass ring.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the loopy looper, has to time travel into another time to kill himself (Bruce Willis) so that he doesn't make bad movies. No, that's not it. So he can avoid Demi Moore. No. Oh, forget it.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
This is a hugely satisfying, enjoyable and thought-provoking piece of work.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Gritty action sequences, striking visuals, and a superbly clever script. One of the better sci-fi films of the last decade without breaking a sweat.
Brian Salisbury - Film School Rejects
Looper blends visual spectacle with an intelligent, twist filled screenplay that is sure to cement writer/director Rian Johnson's reputation as one of America's most exciting filmmakers.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
As well-staged as some of the action is, it often comes down to gunplay, which is never particularly interesting ...entertaining if not exactly gripping.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
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.
[VIDEO ESSAY] As time-travel suspense thrillers go "Looper" is a pinch better than mediocre.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
It's a thriller with fantasy elements and if you disregard (or don't care about) the internal confusion of its world, you may find it works for you
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
Looper continually messes with your head as the future physically catches up with the past... I love the boldness of the concept
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Looper is a delicious movie with some imaginative curveballs ...
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
Looper isn't perfect, but it pulls off the full Wizard Of Oz: it has a brain, courage and a heart.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
A mind-bending masterpiece that's a must for more cerebral fans of the time-travel genre.
Kam Williams - AALBC.com
Bruce Willis and Gordon Levitt render terrific, complementary performances in Johnson's third and most fully realized feature, which delivers as sci-fi, thriller and actioner!
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
"Works on so many levels" is sort of an inside joke among film critics. No joke here; Looper really does.
Scott Weinberg - GeekNation
A delight, a revelation of imaginative storytelling. Willis delivers his most assured performance in years.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
It's energizing to watch a fast-paced action film that challenges the audience. The intricate, intelligent storyline demands that you pay attention at all times.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
Takes the best elements of time manipulation and brings those ideas together in a volley of bullets and drama. Wildly entertaining and satisfying for the psyche.
Cameron Williams - The Popcorn Junkie
From the room-silencing blunderbuss bang of the first execution, Looper's pleasures are plenty.
Aaron Yap - Flicks.co.nz
A disappointment from an ingenious and intelligent filmmaker
Sam Fragoso - Fan The Fire
An outlandish vision of the near-future which may defy credibility but is bracingly entertaining.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
The smartest movie of the year and the best action movie of the year.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
A mishmash of futuristic conventions and cliches cobbled together as something we have never quite seen before.
Chris Laverty - Clothes on Film
Rian Johnson's 'Looper' is one of the year's best films... a huge jump forward for a filmmaker whose first two films both exhibited a strong, clear voice.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Nothing quite excites and disturbs us as the prospect of time travel. Looper exploits that tension for all its worth.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Looper is a classic piece of sci-fi cinema, riddled with brilliant ideas, a complex and satisfying narrative and, most importantly, a heartbeat.
Jon Lyus - HeyUGuys
There's a bit of Twelve Monkeys, more than a dash of Terminator 2.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
An electrifying time-travel thriller worthy of comparison to THE TERMINATOR.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Spectacular. Packed with intelligence and feeling. The year's most excitingly original movie.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Savvy, nasty fun, then, and seeing Brucie still able to pull off the tough guy is a form of time travel all in itself.
David Sexton - This is London
It is personal, dark, daring, weird, and refreshingly unique. It is also one of the best sci-fi films of the last several years.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A spectacularly cool time-twisting sci-fi thriller.
Mark Adams - Screen International
The most ambitious, inventive, downright invigorating film you're likely to see all year. Original science fiction film-making at its very finest.
Jordan Farley - SFX Magazine
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.
Thoughtful, intimate, and deeply moving, writer-director Rian Johnson's assured and perfectly-measured third feature is one of the best films of the year.
Todd Gilchrist - Celebuzz
The coolest, most-confident sci-fi flick since 2006's 'Children of Men.'
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Looper is one of the year's most engaging sci-fi films, one that works as both a thriller and a character piece about people faced with making big life decisions (often at the business end of Blunderbuss).
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
One of the best films of 2012. You'll immediately want to see it again.
James Mottram - Total Film
"Looper" successfully closes its loop. For some, that will be enough. But the screenplay takes a few shortcuts to reach its destination, hiding behind the truth that when the future is unpredictable, present day is allowed to be vague.
Sean O'Connell - Movies.com
It feels like something new and different. Futuristic, even.
Matt Singer - ScreenCrush
Creates a world so lively and well-wrought I'd happily see a dozen more movies set there.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com