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
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
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
A truly great bad film, one for future generations to ponder and consider and then turn away.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
Tired of really bad action movies starring Nicolas Cage? Sigh. So are we.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
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
A watchable but one hell of a dumb hybrid action and supernatural thriller.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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
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
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
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
Think of Groundhog Day with guns and car chases. And without humour.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Cage continues his quest to be the next Superman.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
...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
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
Lazy, incoherent adaptation of Dick's strange short story.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Featuring a bare bones script that relies completely on the strength of its premise and not its characters, Next also has the courtesy to not overstay its welcome.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Cage's paranormal powers enable him to dodge arrest, assassins' bullets and even an avalanche.
Neil Smith - Film4
Straddles a fence between adequately clever and surprisingly stupid ... but most of it is still fun anyway.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Cage has yet another bad hair day in a Dick-based actioner that repeatedly breaks its own rules.
Neil Smith - Total Film
There are lots of crimes a movie can commit -- being boring, being nonsensical, being implausible, being irrelevant -- but it's the rare movie that can commit all of them in the space of 90 minutes.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
At least Next has a sense of humor, which helps soften (though not enough) the ridiculous premises on which the enterprise rests.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
For better or worse, Next always has its eye on a perky pace and the occasional bubble-gum snap of amusement.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
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
An illogical movie that's essentially two long chase scenes and a short one.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
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
If I could look into the future, I wouldn't have seen this movie at all.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
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
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
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
It's just a shame that none of the laughs are intentional.
Anna Smith - BBC
...a popcorn movie, and it's a lot of fun if you just go along for the ride.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Next forces you to not just suspend your disbelief but take it out back and shoot it in the head.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Next is tasty, but only in an empty-calorie sort of way.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Dave White - Movies.com
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
Next is a series of artfully choreographed linked pursuits with Moore convincing as the hard-nosed leader of the pursuit team.
Evan Henerson - Los Angeles Daily News
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
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
It [explores] different facets of its premise and transforms itself into a fairly competent suspense thriller.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
One too many scenes of people shooting guns and blowing things up.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
Late in the movie, Cris shouts at a bad guy, 'I've seen every possible ending here. None of them are good for you.' It's as if he's talking to the audience, and alas, he's right.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Not overly ambitious, Next nonetheless keeps you thinking, guessing and entertained.
Arthur Salm - San Diego Union-Tribune
"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
The best thing you can say about this blend of hard-boiled action and paranormal prescience is that it is inadvertently funny.
Dean Essner - Times [UK]
Lee Tamahori's ludicrous thriller is as straggly and ill-judged as Cage's rotten crop.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Does nothing with its intriguing premise, and it's mostly just one more tedious and progressively dumb collection of Hollywood action cliches.
Dean Essner - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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
The earnestness of Cage and tough-as-nails Moore backfires in the face of godawful dialogue and a very poorly established central conceit.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Next begins to seriously embarrass itself and its stars once it rolls to its climax.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
When NEXT is good, it's very good, but, when it's bad, it's horrid.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
After the sleekly aggressive audio-visual assault of Deja Vu, Next's B-movie-ness is almost charming.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Although it has some fun effects and trademark Cage zingers, Next can't overcome just how goofy, and even uninteresting, it is.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Nicolas Cage's hair is the most memorable thing about Next
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Diverting enough, and actually might've passed well as logic-less entertainment if not for the ending.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Time is of the essence in the new sci-fi thriller Next, and all the major players wear expensive watches to prove it.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
Primarily just a fun, mind-bending story, not too brainy but not too stupid, either.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An extremely simple-minded present-day chase movie...blown to smithereens by plot holes the size of the majestic mountain canyons where some of the action is set.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
If the protagonist of Next were to use his ability to peer two minutes into the future before watching Next, he'd probably have enough to go on to skip it altogether.
David Thomas - Filmcritic.com
Tamahori turns in a very sloppy production.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Jessica Biel puts in an Oscar worthy performance to make us believe a hot babe like her would be interested in a balding, creepy guy twice her age like Nic Cage, so give her some props.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Slickly produced but much ado about nothing, Next keeps one's interest, only to laugh in your face for caring.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Next is a howler of a movie, the most entertainingly awful flick in quite some time.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
"What about intel?" someone asks. "We don't need it--we have HIM." You don't need to be Cage to forsee we're in for a lot of bang bang and the obligatory shooting of the black secondary character is moments away.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The nadir comes when Cage is called upon to emote the look of love and instead does a dead-on impersonation of a stunned gopher
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews