Looper Reviews

  • 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

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