There's something auspicious, and daring, too, about the artistic instinct that pushes a majority-oriented director like Steven Spielberg to follow A.I. with this challenging report so liable to unnerve the majority.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The film is magnificently creepy, a calculated bad dream that stays with you like the best of Roger Corman.
Elvis Mitchell - New York Times
A fantastically confident and exhilarating thrill-ride into the future which far more satisfactorily combines Kubrick's chilly sense of the alienating and the bizarre with Spielberg's own mastery of sugar-rush suspense tactics.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
It's hard to imagine wanting anything more -- even from a Cruise-Spielberg matchup.
Mike Clark - USA Today
Has a good time with the gadgetry and gizmos of the future.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
A classy, chilly quasi-Hitchcockian affair.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
Cruise will never be a master thespian, but there's no one better at putting across the charisma of control, and the opening sequence of Report is an astonishingly fluid demonstration of his gifts.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
A movie of haunting images and mindless thrills.
J. Hoberman - Village Voice
The film reaches toward greatness but fails because it is too perfect a projection of its creator. Nevertheless, we should celebrate it, because this makes it -- flaws and all -- more valuable than 1,000 soulless, committee-hatched flicks.
Eric Harrison - Houston Chronicle
Some may quibble that the 144-minute length accommodates at least one too many endings. But such quibbling will diminish in view of the film's overall impact.
Philip Wuntch - Dallas Morning News
Spielberg's realization of a near-future America is masterful. This makes Minority Report necessary viewing for sci-fi fans, as the film has some of the best special effects ever.
Steven Rosen - Denver Post
This film is such a virtuoso high-wire act, daring so much, achieving it with such grace and skill.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A film that can get you high on the sheer magic and exhilaration of making movies.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
A highly effective thriller whose futuristic panoramas rival those of A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
While the film, deftly imagined by screenwriters Scott Frank and Jon Cohen, doesn't entirely hold together, its dark, twisty chases and tricky puzzles have much more going for them than Spielberg's last foray onto similar turf.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Cold and scattered, Minority Report commands interest almost solely as an exercise in gorgeous visuals. That's not vintage Spielberg and that, finally, is minimally satisfying.
Susan Stark - Detroit News
My own minority report is that it stinks.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
Shallow, noisy and pretentious.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The film's success is in line with what American films historically have done best, which is to excitingly tell a strong story with high style and just enough substance.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A heart-pounding experience that makes you think and contains a gallery of characters that will haunt your nightmares for years to come.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Spielberg's visual imagination has never been more splendid.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
The most intelligently fun movie Spielberg has ever made.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
Minority Report is more humdrum than horrible. It isn't futuristic film noir; it's just everyday film beige.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Breathtaking and disturbing.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
While it strays from Dick's narrative, it nails the basic premise and some quintessential Dickian motifs.
David Edelstein - Slate
Rivals some of Spielberg's top adventure/science fiction epics, such as Close Encounters and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
One of [Spielberg's] most compelling and entertaining films ever.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Spielberg's sharpest, brawniest, most bustling entertainment since Raiders of the Lost Ark and the finest of the season's action epics.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Final Report: Good, yes; great, no.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Gives us a lot to chew on, but not all of it has been properly digested.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
The movie's combination of old and new influences energizes its believable futuristic elements.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Not simply Steven Spielberg's most prescient sci-fi work but also one of his finest.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Violent sci-fi detective movie isn't for kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Vigorously entertaining and tremendously weird, "Minority Report" feels like a vintage Action Comics adventure spiked with acid. It's an uncommonly melancholy blockbuster about demons ruthlessly determining our fate even as we relentlessly flee them.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
One of the few films I've seen so far this year that I would recommend and it is one to see on the big screen.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
While the way in which Minority Report presents these ideas makes them far more incredible and fantastical, it's their truth...that turns the film into something far more dark and sinister.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
...a stylish, thoughtful, and thought-provoking future-noir thriller.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
This has to be one of Spielberg's best ever...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The most fun a Spielberg film has been for a long while.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
The most exciting piece of work Spielberg has delivered in ages.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
It is exciting to watch a director who is in such complete control of storytelling and vision.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
A roller coaster ride with an unusual amount of grit.
Michael Dequina - Film Threat
Hugely ambitious and wildly successful in parts, only a tricky third act trips up a master director clearly enjoying himself in virgin territory. Nonetheless this stands as the best future noir since Blade Runner.
Colin Kennedy - Empire Magazine
The fashionably fussy, funky veneer may convince some that the film's serious, but it's finally another chase pic, murky in detail, muddled in ideology and strangely predictable in dramatic thrust.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Despite its moldy story twists, this Steven Spielberg spectacular ranks as the best thing he's done since the Indiana Jones films...
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
If you enjoyed Cruise's Mission: Impossible, multiply it by five!
Clint Morris - Film Threat
The movie's ponderousness is relieved only by Samantha Morton's uncanny portrayal of the psychic Agatha and by Lois Smith's turn as Dr. Hineman...
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
Minority Report is Spielberg's visual masterpiece.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Never gains enough momentum to get into fifth and out of Cruise control.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Tom cruise plays a fine flawed hero glossed to perfection by a director who knows how to treat his cast to their matinee idol advantage.
Jordan Hiller - Bangitout.com
Lacking a consistent view of his source material, Spielberg pulls out all the stops by attempting to roll three wildly different genres -- action-adventure, psychological thriller, and futuristic tone poem -- into one film.
Amy Taubin - City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
There is much to praise here, as Spielberg's onscreen technical wizardry represents, in many ways, the apex of this art form. He seamlessly blends CGI and live action in a series of action sequences that are among the best he has ever filmed.
Dan Jardine - Apollo Guide
Minority Report is a film for the critical cognoscenti as much as it is for the Goober-munching masses, and succeeds for all audiences.
Todd Gilchrist - FilmStew.com
Amazingly, Spielberg... has managed to suppress his own worst excesses and create a movie that does justice to Dick's ideas.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
The first two thirds of the flick are astounding...but that last half hour or so is completely and utterly superfluous.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
O roteiro inteligente e a direcao energica transformam o filme em uma obra intensa, ambiciosa e surpreendente. Os unicos equivocos dizem respeito ao excesso de alivios comicos e ao forcado final, mas so.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Spielberg fuses his ability to create astounding images to thought-provoking material...
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
Spielberg [seems to] tack on a happy ending to every film lately, as if he wants to apologize for making a film that was so dark and dystopian for the previous 90 minutes.
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Minority Report adds yet another jewel to director Spielberg's crown, and another entry to the short list of truly thoughtful and intelligent films in the futuristic science fiction genre.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
A twisting thriller that brings Spielberg back into fine form.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
During the movie my mouth dropped to the floor in shock at what I was seeing: Steven Spielberg playing again....finally.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
The action is fun, but the more you think about it, the slighter it feels and the more holes show.
Mark Robison - Reno Gazette-Journal
Visually stunning and imaginative, this otherwise generic cop drama totally drops the ball when it comes to its most interesting and unique aspects of free will vs. pre-determination.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Spielberg apparently can't resist throwing in a cheerful, make-em-weep ending, which pretty much ruins the movie.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
A memorable futuristic thriller that will leave viewers wanting to see it again and again.
Terri Clark - Apollo Guide
Enjoy the first two hours of Minority Report and then prepare for what may be a disappointing wrap-up.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Perhaps not the best possible marriage between entertainment and serious content, but it nevertheless represents step in good direction for Spielberg.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Top-notch summer entertainment.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Spielberg's fable of crime and punishment in tomorrowland is imperfect but still impressive.
James Rocchi - Netflix
This is an intelligent, immensely enjoyable sci-fi thriller that's head and shoulders above the usual summer blockbuster nonsense.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Making good on the best aspects of A.I., namely that stark and singular look of a future dominated but not quite overwhelmed by technology, Spielberg creates a stunning world where the past and present collide.
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Smart, ambitious, fast and fascinating, Minority Report is a movie to restore your faith in Hollywood.
Margaret A. McGurk - Cincinnati Enquirer
Cruise and Spielberg did the right thingnot just the commercial thing in merging their talents. Minority Report is extraordinary.
D.K. Holm - DVDTalk.com
I too have seen the future and Minority Report is going to be the best science fiction movie of 2002 . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Steven Spielberg brings us another masterpiece
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Impactante, espectacular e inteligente. Sentencia Previa es la mejor pelicula en lo que va del ano. Un nuevo clasico del genero.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Wraps a detective thriller and a paranoid Orwellian future into a metaphor for the submissive act of viewing film.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Minority Report embraces rather than avoids its fundamental paradox: 'It's not the future if it didn't happen.'
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Minority Report is exactly what the title indicates, a report.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The director creates a vision of the future that's richly detailed and fascinating.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Minority Report is ultimately more of a popcorn flick than a debate movie, but it's a spellbinding film nonetheless.
Ben Kenigsberg - East Hampton Independent
The entertainment value in this entire escapade is as much the design and detail of a future world as it is in the immersion of good actors into the dramatic folds of the dark and sometimes confusing storyline.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Un monumento a la Ciencia Ficcion; una joya influenciada por clasicos como Blade Runner y una profunda admiracion por el film noir; Minority Report brilla en la pantalla.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
A very good film for all of its running time, fascinating for most of it and visionary for some of it.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
...one of those rare movies with commercial aspirations that invites and even rewards thought.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Spielberg's most unpleasant and derivative film, a nasty, tired, predictable affair that makes Hook look comparable to Schindler's List.
Chuck Rudolph - Matinee Magazine
Terrific action sequences, seamless special effects, devilishly underhanded humor, and an excellent supporting cast.
Shay Casey - Daily-Reviews
There are flaws, but also stretches of impact and moments of awe; we're wrapped up in the characters, how they make their choices, and why.
Ian Waldron-Mantgani - UK Critic
The overall experience of this film is a powerful one.
Marshall Fine - Journal News (Westchester, NY)
If Steven Spielberg is the heart of Minority Report, Tom Cruise is the muscle, Philip K. Dick is the brain and Stanley Kubrick is the spirit hanging over them.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
Great action sequences follow, of a type Spielberg has not done since the "Indiana Jones" series - fast paced while also a bit tongue-in-cheek and even morbid.
Josh Gilchrist - Billings Outpost (Montana)
Packed to the gills with juicy movie ingredients.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
An accomplished genre flick.
Kim Linekin - eye WEEKLY
Minority Report gets an 'A.'
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Spielberg is back on track with one of the best sci-fi films to come along in quite some time.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Spielberg has managed to marry science fiction with film noir and action flicks with philosophical inquiry.
Jeet Thayil - Rediff.com
The most detailed creation of a future society since Blade Runner.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
It's simply wonderful to see Spielberg in charge of a tightly wound popcorn movie again, though in his words Report is more 'gourmet popcorn.'
Brian Orndorf - Modamag.com
The action sequences are first-rate summer fare, and the art direction is superb.
Jim Chastain - Norman Transcript
a thinking person's action flick that grips you on the basic popcorn level but also leaves you with something to think about in the end
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
This is a great film. I can think of only one flaw, although the passage of time or subsequent viewings might bring up more.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Where George Lucas' characters are geeky, Spielberg's are freaky, where Lucas offers fantasy, Spielberg offers flesh, where Lucas makes you wonder, Spielberg makes you ponder.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Not only is it Spielberg's best, but it could have been one of Kubrick's as well.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Unlike other summer fantasy entertainments, Minority Report offers no escape from thought -- just what the majority of movies ought to be doing.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
the most interesting, successful, and basically honest work this director has done for a long, long time.
Mark Freeman - Critical Eye
Likely to be remembered alongside Blade Runner as one of the most influential and stunning pieces of science fiction to open up the imagination of audiences everywhere.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
This excellent film, following the beautiful and under appreciated AI: Artificial Intelligence, establishes Spielberg as the current master of the genre.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
It has more substance than most Spielberg films and definitely more of an edge. Looks like the director's kid gloves are off. This is a good thing.
Cory Cheney - Urban Tulsa Weekly
An occasionally breathtaking work of uncommon vision, beauty and insight.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
That Spielberg has crafted a deliberately unpleasant film with a strong moral, but no real emotional center, is the price you pay when a filmmaker takes the risk of trying something very different.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
'As dark and delightful as an iced espresso.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
This is so markedly superior to almost everything else that's been in theaters over the past several months, it reduces the competition to also-ran status.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Spielberg has not just infused the movie with action and intelligence, but with grace and elegance as well...one of the best sci-fi movies ever!
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Director Steven Spielberg proves he's more than just a big name; he actually is a top-notch director.
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
What Stanley Kubrick might think of John Ashcroft's Justice Department.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
It is one of the few summer films that has lived up to its own hype.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The film's futuristic vision is dazzling yet remains unnervingly dark, wowing the eyes whilst challenging the mind.
Laura Bushell - BBC
Quite possibly [Spielberg's] darkest, coldest, most socially pertinent, subversive, and reactionary film to date.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Fairly similar to A.I. -- filled with provocative ideas and technically flawless, but somewhat disjointed.
Paul Clinton (Boxoffice) - Boxoffice Magazine
A powerful and entertaining story.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
Nothing short of a masterpiece, breathlessly suspenseful, dazzlingly exciting, subversively profound, and punctuated with just the right flashes of light and dark humor.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Any Orwellian cautionary tale will fall upon more ears if Spielberg delivers the goods for the popcorn crowd in a tidily concluded package - but those ears will be deaf ones.'
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
... director Steven Spielberg once again presents a glimpse of the future while Tom Cruise redeems himself along the way for 'Vanilla Sky'.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Spielberg is like a father who tells his kids scary bedtime stories but can't bear it if they have nightmares.
Nathaniel Rogers - CineScene.com
It's not the crowning achievement in Steven Spielberg's oeuvre, but Minority Report stands on its own sturdy sci-fi legs.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Minority Report is the action film Kubrick never made. While at times amusing, it is truly a horrifying and fascinating piece of art. This is not only a document of our future, but a film for the future.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Mainstream films don't get any better than this one.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Steven Spielberg has given us so much to think about and gone about it in an entertaining way. Don't miss this film.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Cold, unmoving, and desperately in need of a beating heart and a soaring soul, Minority Report is one of the most depressing disappointments of the year.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Minority Report is seemingly structured as a very liberal attack on the orderly disorder of our own judicial system.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Katrina Onstad - National Post
Minority Report is the best sci-fi film since Blade Runner.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The movie is a joy to watch.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
A terrifically entertaining specimen of Spielbergian sci-fi.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Spielberg remains under Stanley Kubrick's directorial spell, but Report has almost none of the mawkishness that crippled the last fourth of A.I.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Intelligent, exciting, funny and emotionally involving, Minority Report shows you can have your popcorn and eat it, too.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Definitively ambitious, aggressively affected and strangely affecting...
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The result is uneven, particularly as a thriller, but with flashes of brilliance.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
...a sea of fresh ideas and approaches, expertly crafted not just to keep the audience engaged, but to nourish their senses in the process.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Despite minor weaknesses, "Minority Report" is the work of an inspired director, and is definitely deserving of a complete and thorough investigation by viewers.
Vanessa Sibbald - Zap2it.com
Smart science fiction for grown-ups, with only a few false steps along the way.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Minority Report is the perfect balance between the work of Stanley Kubrick's vision and Steven Spielberg's own vision of film storytelling.
David Poland - Hot Button
Strong on atmospherics and ideas but dissolves into a series of routine, plot-heavy endings.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The two main women in this film make the Pre-Crime Unit possible, but don't benefit themselves. Guess the future isn't that much different. The guys are still having all the fun, while the girls either make that possible or sit by and watch.
Luanne Brown - Chico Enterprise-Record
The Minority Report card gets a solid 'A' for top-notch movie escapism, amazingly tense and kick-ass action scenes.
Dean Essner - E! Online
This is the kind of pure entertainment that, in its fullness and generosity, feels almost classic.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
A fast, dark and entirely engrossing movie that ... doesn't quite add up. Never mind. It's a trip just to look at the thing.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
Offers generous servings of food for thought along with breakneck excitement and eye-popping special effects.
Joe Leydon - San Francisco Examiner
Minority Report won't go down as one of Spielberg's greatest films -- there are a few gaping holes in the plot, and some awkward attempts at humor. But it's a wonderfully chilly thrill ride while it lasts.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
As with A.I., Spielberg's admirable intent is to create a prescient, serious science-fiction movie. But neither A.I. nor this film comes close.
Frank Lovece - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The plot is captivating and the story is solid; unfortunately, Spielberg wields the philosophical subtext with such a heavy hand that it feels as if you've been beaten over the head with it.
Leigh Johnson - Hollywood.com
The long-range appeal of "Minority Report" should transcend any awards it bags. This is one for the ages.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The ideal marriage of bravura storytelling, rip-roaring action, dazzling visuals, moody atmosphere, masterful effects, and evocative social and philosophical implications.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
While not perfect, this sci-fi flick and its various scenes and sequences are likely to grow on viewers hours or days after seeing them, which is always a good sign.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Minority Report aspires to more than mere mindlessness, but fails miserably, and as a result crystallizes nearly everything that I dislike about Spielberg's films.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
Minority Report is major entertainment and truly mesmerizing science fiction! This may be...Tom Cruise's finest role.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The best movie of its kind since 'Brazil.' Lucas, take notes. This is how you use special effects.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Thrilling, provocative and darkly funny, this timely sci-fi mystery works on so many different levels that it not only invites, it demands repeated viewings.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
For his first attempt at film noir, Spielberg presents a fascinating but flawed look at the near future.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Book Report and enjoy the ride.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The craftsman quality of the work, fine cast, good writing and superior F/X may make this a member of the best, ever, sci-fi flicks.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
...starts as a desperate, suspenseful chase through a technologically spasmodic city, but seamlessly evolves into a chilling commentary on the ethics of life, death and the dangerous game of playing God.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
A first-rate sci-fi, action thriller with great futuristic toys and a premise that has more substance than your average sci-fi film.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
If it loses in the inevitable comparison to Blade Runner, it does establish a world of chilling risk, in which the main murder victim is privacy.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
The effort is less surprising than the impressive and often spectacular way in which it succeeds.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Spielberg has managed to pick from all his best attributes as a director and combined them to make this roller coaster ride through a fantastically detailed future world.
John Oliver - Katrillion.com
As thought-provoking and visionary as it is flat-out entertaining.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Spielberg conveys adult vulnerability in our over-saturated information age. Minority Report is a futuristic adventure with a humanistic, spiritual pulse.
Jeremiah Kipp - Matinee Magazine
Oh yeah, it's that good, in that shivery, transporting way that makes you wonder how flickering images viewed in the dark can be so damn powerful.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Steven Spielberg outdoes himself with a vivid, troubling depiction of a futuristic society where lawlessness, of all things, has become the latest form of pollution.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Spielberg's picture is smarter and subtler than [Total Recall and Blade Runner], although its plot may prove too convoluted for fun-seeking summer audiences.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
An amazing picture with both the excitement of the "Indiana Jones" trilogy and the thought-provoking vision of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
You can think and have fun.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Spielberg is the rare director who does not want to invite viewers to gawk at or applaud his special effects. He just wants them to be part of the action, the wallpaper of his chosen reality. Here, thankfully, they are.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The story is undeniably engrossing, thanks in part to Cruise's strong performance as an emotionally scarred protagonist fighting for his life.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The result is somewhat satisfying -- it still comes from Spielberg, who has never made anything that wasn't at least watchable. But it's also disappointing to a certain degree.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Minority Report isn't Spielberg's best film by a long laser shot. But it may be an even bolder statement than his mostly brilliant yet roundly rejected A.I. Artificial Intelligence.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
A fast-moving, entertaining, thought-provoking film that leaves you feeling vaguely empty because it might have been a classic.
John Anderson - Newsday
It's cool, but it's also good, in the way Oscar winning movies are good. Go see it.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
An audacious sci-fi thriller about the dangerous consequences of fear-based living where we sacrifice our freedoms for the pipe dream of safety.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
A timely antidote to the comic-book mindlessness of Spider-Man and repetitive space fantasy of Star Wars.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
All goes well until Tom's balls pop out. Is this a setup or just a gratuitous mental image?
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
It's a festival of cool, from its virtual this and virtual that to its black-clad, angst-ridden hero.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
This is one of those rare blockbusters that satisfies both in its big spectacle and in the small, intimate moments.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Mr. Spielberg, you have restored my faith in sci-fi -- and more importantly, you have restored my faith in you.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
A cerebral film noir for the 21st century that's constantly reinventing itself visually in the hands of a multi-faceted director still unsure of his current voice.
Sean O'Connell - Eclipse Magazine
This one blends the best aspects of the mature Spielberg's often warring personality.
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Easily outperforms A.I. as the most enjoyable film Kubrick never made.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Working as both a thriller and a mystery, the movie has all eyes glued to the screen and all brains in overdrive.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A summer entertainment adults can see without feeling embarrassed, but it could have been more.
Scott Von Doviak - culturevulture.net
It's rare to find a film that dazzles the eye, challenges the brain, AND satisfies our lust for fast-paced action, but Minority Report delivers all that and a whole lot more.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
A very traditional noir-ish detective plot set in an ominous future where the apparent ease created by technology has overtaken human individuality.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
This is finally Spielberg stripped of sentimentality and pulsating with a cruel edge.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
the best and smartest action blockbuster of the new millennium
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Script care, sweet visuals, etc. and strong pace all keep the film fun, strikingly compelling and the viewers from slipping into a few holes in logic.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
As we debate what personal rights to sacrifice for the sake of national security, `Minority Report' makes for a fascinating, if fanciful, case study.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Spielberg and Cruise are back to top form.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Despite a few dangling plot points, Minority Report actually improves upon Dick's work in its narrative complexity.
Mary Kalin-Casey - Reel.com
This film works on so many levels that it blows my fragile little mind.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
A mesmerizing whodunit.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
Candy for the brain as well as the eye.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A slam-dunk hit.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
Only the latest Spielberg film to work best as an analogy for his middle-late career.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
If this movie isn't a hit, there really is no God ... either that, or he has extremely bad taste in film.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
For all its gee-whiz special effects and cool stunts, the film is really a dark mystery; it's Hitchcock version 2.0.
James Hill - BET.com
Spielberg's Minority Report gets good grades until the end.
Robert Klepper - New Times
Much better than AI or Amistad, and doesn't have any of that 'educational baggage' that some of his later movies have had a bit too much of.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A complex, compelling, provocative vision with the sleek, stylish suspense of a quirky whodunit.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
As a science fiction movie, "Minority Report" astounds.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Although...visually striking and slickly staged, it's also cold,grey, antiseptic and emotionally desiccated.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Minority Report seems to rush by with very little letup. It combines action and intelligence and at times will have you on the edge of your seats.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
As spectacular as the film may be on so many levels, its Achilles' heel is the few brief but positively pivotal flaws in the plot.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
It is a kickass, dense sci-fi action thriller hybrid that delivers and then some. I haven't seen one in so long, no wonder I didn't recognize it at first.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
What a concept, what an idea, what a thrill ride. This is a more fascinating look at the future than "Bladerunner" and one of the most high-concept sci fi adventures attempted for the screen.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Violent, graphic, and breathtaking in its emotional ugliness, this is a classic, ambitious film that restores diminishing faith in the world's most influential medium.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Aufmuth.com
This thing is so good it's ridiculous. I feel like an embarrassed schoolgirl with a crush.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
A masterful work infused with beautiful and haunting visuals, outstanding performances from Tom Cruise and a gifted supporting cast -- and a story that challenges the mind and engages the spirit.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
...Spielberg has at last decided to make his audience's pulse pound rather than need the assistance of a life support system as in last year's A.I. Artificial Interlligence.
Spyder Darling - NY Rock
Pulses with fascinating ideas, memorable images and thrilling action sequences.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
The jetpack chase scene alone is worth the price of admission...whatta rush! Run, baby, run!
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Astonishing...[frames] profound ethical and philosophical questions in the form of dazzling pop entertainment.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Minority Report is moviemaking at its best and what movie going is all about.
Steven Snyder - Greater Milwaukee Today
a provocative message about free will ought to be a formidable challenge, yet the movie sails along astonishingly smoothly under Spielberg's control.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
An exhilarating futuristic thriller-noir, Minority Report twists the best of technology around a gripping story, delivering a riveting, pulse intensifying escapist adventure of the first order
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Should knock the socks off anyone who enjoyed Spielberg's "A.I."
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
There's no doubt that the sci-fi thriller is an ambitious, complex, visually stunning and periodically exciting piece of futuristic film noir, but it's labored down by a heartless, contrived and very talky storyline...
Scott A. Mantz - Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews