“An Uninspired Chase Movie.”
“The Only Thing Good About This Movie Is Its Title As A Good Description For Nicolas Cage's Next Career: B-Movie Phenom!”
“Not Enough Bang For The Buck....”
“ So Much Potential, So Sad, So Sad, So Sad!!!!”
“A Good Cage Movie, Unbelievable ”
“Romance, Action And Entertainment; Its An All Round Great Film For Both Sexes. ”
“ Sometimes You Just Get In Too Deep! ”
“Seeing Punches And Bullets Flying At You Certainly Has Its Advantages... But To Be Able To See All The Pick-up Lines That Will Fail Before You Run Them Would Allow Nearly ANY Man To Score With Impossible Precision. 'Nuf Said.”
“Great Action Flick.”
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
- 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
Another failed attempt to bring Dick's deliriously paranoid mind-set to the screen.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Despite a distracting hairdo, Nicolas Cage delivers a solid performance in this fast-paced actioner.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
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
Next isn't a great movie, but I enjoyed it anyway.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Obscurely motivated terrorists with Eastern European accents are preparing to explode a hydrogen bomb in Los Angeles.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Yes, Cage is woefully miscast, but he isn't what derails the movie.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
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).
- Empire Magazine
Suffice it to say that I'm a big time warp movie fan and this is a good one.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
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
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
Implausible and predictable - it's a silly seer-tale. Consider this your two-minute warning.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Lee Tamahori's thriller avoids all or most of the pitfalls that have ruined other time-manipulation films.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
More effort has gone into the effects, yet the action amounts to little more than dodging projectiles. I'm very concerned about director Tamahori, who used to make interesting movies about masculinity but doesn't seem to have a grip on the helm here.
Marrit Ingman - Austin Chronicle
Establishes has a smart premise before it turns into another big, dumb action movie.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Thoroughly ridiculous yet basically entertaining...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Asks the viewer to accept that Nicolas Cage can see into the future and that Jessica Biel would sleep with him. I'm not sure which qualifies the film as science fiction.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A monumental copout on the level of those overused "It was all a dream" stories that our fiction writing professors would urge us not to pen back in college.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Comes across as a thrilling, multi-faceted-but-phony-diamond of a chase and suspense yarn for the not-too-demanding that I, for one, enjoyed with my eyes wide open.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Next plays like the most boring episode ever of 24, with a little extrasensory flavor tossed in for good measure.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Some will enjoy 'Next' and the same number will be annoyed -- too busy scratching their heads to relax and have a good time.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It just has too much in its corner to ignore such depressing mediocrity.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
"Next" isn't as flamboyantly bad as Cage's last movie, "Ghost Rider" (which made a ton of money, something this pro forma outing is unlikely to do). But you know you're in for not much when Cage starts out the picture wearing that doleful, please-pat-my-h
Kurt Loder - MTV
The movie itself is a standard sci-fi thriller that compared to others will hardly overwhelm, but the storyline and brevity (96 minutes) kept me engaged from start to finish.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
Tired of really bad action movies starring Nicolas Cage? Sigh. So are we.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
A sort of warm-up for the heroism of his now-filming National Treasure sequel, Next requires Cage only to look pensive and occasionally be charming.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
Until its trigger-happy, metaphysically-impossible-to-decipher, and anticlimactic copout of an ending, the movie is a successful entertainment -- albeit a minor, disposable, and completely forgettable one.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Cage is at his worried and wild eyed best here as an artful dodger of fate, leaning on his 'advanced awareness' instincts.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
The third-act twist is so smug and charmless that it negates any lingering investment the audience still has in the generic guns-and-bombs goings-on.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
A watchable but one hell of a dumb hybrid action and supernatural thriller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
I would have liked to see a little more of Cris' abilities to see the future, than just another sappy love story.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
...can't be totally written off because Cage is actually good in this role and he and Jessica Biel have the type of chemistry that make the romance worth rooting for.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If you are looking for an interesting, imaginative movie diversion before the summer blockbuster flood from Hollywood, you might just want to check out Next.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Cage continues his quest to be the next Superman.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
A sweet love story gets sabotaged by an action film with way too many shots fired, far too many vehicles blown up.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Next boasts a fresh plot with a tricky twist ending that can be misconstrued if you don't pay close attention and then pause to think about it.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Think of Groundhog Day with guns and car chases. And without humour.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
It is so preposterous it could almost be the spoof "bad action movie" they'd keep flashing to in a Hollywood satire.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Not overly ambitious, Next nonetheless keeps you thinking, guessing and entertained.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
Who are these terrorists, aside from an unexplained coalition of French, Germans and Asians? Why are they trying to destroy Los Angeles? Was it because of X-Men 3?
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
"Next" is implausible and leaves many questions unanswered, but the action is so spectacular and the chase sequences so slick %u2014 thanks to director Lee Tamahori's signature style %u2014 that a nutty plot is forgiven.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
...a popcorn movie, and it's a lot of fun if you just go along for the ride.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
We will use our own powers of clairvoyance to predict a mercifully short life in theatres and a quick trip to the DVD shelves.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
High-concept, totally ludicrous, laugh-out-loud nonsense that is best fit for late-night television when nothing else is on.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
When NEXT is good, it's very good, but, when it's bad, it's horrid.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Directed by Lee Tamahori with his customary flash and glitter, Next lives from one brilliantly executed chase sequence to the next, which is more than enough reason to stay the course.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Straddles a fence between adequately clever and surprisingly stupid ... but most of it is still fun anyway.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
The ending of this film is not just a colossal cheat, it's a hard slap in the face to anyone who has invested his or her time in watching it. The preview audience responded with groans of disbelief and derisive laughter.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
While [Cage's character's] soothsaying turns Next into a sci-fi film with minimal exposition, next to the fortuitous plot twists and implausible fight scenes, the ability to see into the future seems almost mundane.
Matt Bradley - Christian Science Monitor
Next forces you to not just suspend your disbelief but take it out back and shoot it in the head.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
One too many scenes of people shooting guns and blowing things up.
- Daily Mirror [UK]
An illogical movie that's essentially two long chase scenes and a short one.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
This movie doesn't fail because of it's swiss cheese story. It fails because there is no chemistry between Cage and Biel. Biel's casting was so bad that it goes up there with casting Denise Richards as a Nuclear Scientist in The World Is Not Enough.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Lee Tamahori's ludicrous thriller is as straggly and ill-judged as Cage's rotten crop.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Lazy, incoherent adaptation of Dick's strange short story.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
While some moviegoers will want to talk about some of the really cool concepts the film explores, others will want to rip the movie apart.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
If I could look into the future, I wouldn't have seen this movie at all.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
The torpid Next may actually trump Paycheck as the worst film based on a story by the late, highly regarded, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The best thing you can say about this blend of hard-boiled action and paranormal prescience is that it is inadvertently funny.
- Times [UK]
Half of Next is a clever, unpredictable thriller... the other half is a sloppy, bloated adventure marred by cheesy special effects and some equally cheesy acting.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International