A schlocky mix of bad special effects and worse Cage hairdos.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
It's too bad that Mr. Cage couldn't tap into those powers to save himself from another bad choice in roles.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
This one experiments with the putatively brain-frying idea of a man who can see two minutes into the future.
Andrew Pulver - Guardian [UK]
Once you know the rules, it's hardly worth playing. Especially when you find out you've been tricked.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Watchably absurd popcorn flick.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
A routine action film with strange bits of surreal time-flopping mixed in.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Good summer fun that's both brain and eye candy.
Tom Maurstad - Dallas Morning News
This busy sci-fi thriller often seems like a page full of equations rendered meaningless by an early misplaced decimal point.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Cage is cool, quiet and a touch melancholy as Johnson -- carrying the burden of his gift with a brooding brow and a ready punch line.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
Next features Nicolas Cage as a clairvoyant who can see events before they occur. If anyone on the production team had similar abilities, they could have foreseen that the film was a folly in the making.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If this all sounds like tripe, that's because it is.
Tom Long - Detroit News
The tagline says, 'If you can see the future, you can save it.' For that matter, if you don't see Next, you can save 96 minutes. What starts out as a mildly diverting thriller blows itself to smithereens in the final reel.
Justin Chang - Variety
Next, which makes National Treasure look like a model of narrative logic, is almost beyond criticism.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Who says preposterous junk can't be fun?
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Colossal waste of time.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
It doesn't have the momentum, the quick-wittedness, to keep us wondering what's going to happen next.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
The film fails to play by a consistent set of rules and, while it's possible to justify that endgame twist, that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Some viewers will feel cheated by what Next does, and it's hard to blame them.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Despite an outlandish premise, Next suffers from being too conventional.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The paranormal thriller Next shows how a solid crew of filmmakers and performers can apply a big-studio budget to a good story idea and still have absolutely everything come out wrong.
David Germain - Associated Press
Next comes across like a standard clock-puncher for almost everyone involved.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Tamahori and the phalanx of writers implode Dick's intriguing premise into a pedantic thriller.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Nobody said this had to be great art, but why couldn't it be a satisfying thrill machine?
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
It's debatable whether Cage's supernatural ability is any more interesting than his strange coiffure.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Predictable Cage sci-fi tale may entertain teens.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Someone that can change the future like Cage does here is a bit like Superman, but without any Kryptonite . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Despite a distracting hairdo, Nicolas Cage delivers a solid performance in this fast-paced actioner.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Yes, Cage is woefully miscast, but he isn't what derails the movie.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Obscurely motivated terrorists with Eastern European accents are preparing to explode a hydrogen bomb in Los Angeles.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
It's all complete nonsense, of course, hampered by a clunky script and Tamahori's uneven direction (which elicits unintentional laughter throughout and, unforgivably, a dull performance from Nic Cage).
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Philip K. Dick is credited as the source of the film. That poor giant of SciFi has been more abused posthumously than anyone else of his genius.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
It's noisy, nonsensical, and will fade from your consciousness even before you make it out of the theater lobby, but it's entertaining enough, and Tamahori throws us a few curve balls to keep things interesting.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Another failed attempt to bring Dick's deliriously paranoid mind-set to the screen.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Suffice it to say that I'm a big time warp movie fan and this is a good one.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Next isn't a great movie, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Everything that happens is preposterous, and the filmmakers make no attempt to help us forget it.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A truly great bad film, one for future generations to ponder and consider and then turn away.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The premise is wildly preposterous, yet Nicolas Cage makes Next fun to watch
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
El vidente es una de esas peliculas que se pueden ver sin problemas, pues es bastante entretenida, pero que al final deja el sentimiento de que al espectador se le quiso tomar el pelo.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
Its conceptual wit and its merciful brevity help it go down easy.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Not a bad film if you can overlook the basic silliness of the plot.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
While Next has a few fun and inventive moments sprinkled throughout, mostly revolving around the use of Cris' power, it collapses into an exhausting litany of action movie cliches before exposing itself as a total mindjob in the end.
Stax - IGN Movies
An erratic illusion of a high-quality film, "Next" sometimes stumbles over its own sleight-of-hand tricks.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The film doesn't try to explain or rationalize its essential trick, but drops you rather perfunctorily into Cris' multiple dilemmas.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
I was looking forward to seeing a good popcorn movie and after it was over all I could say was, 'Next'.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Next might have sounded good as a concept but it bombs in execution. Maybe it should have stuck more closely to Dick's novel and incorporated more of its complexities rather than just skimming one idea off the surface.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
...A swiss cheese-plotted glop of magic and mayhem.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review