A sci-fi thriller with a lot of science fiction and zero thrills.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
A weightless, style-driven thriller set in a photogenically chaotic Hong Kong.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
As far as I can tell, the only ability in short supply is acting.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
In time this would-be thriller comes to rest with a fist fight, a hanging ending and the implicit promise of a sequel. Of all the calamities that Fanning predicts, Push 2 is one she missed.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
A silly movie that is partially engrossing and plenty convoluted.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It's the perfect brain vacation for those overtaxed by Oscar-nominated movies.
Dan Zak - Washington Post
Not much of it makes sense. The rest isn't terribly interesting.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Aaron Hillis - Village Voice
Just as it's getting impossible to tell the superpowered humans without a scorecard, along comes Push to muddy the waters.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Push has vibrant cinematography and decent acting, but I'm blasted if I know what it's about.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
A trippy, nonstop action fest, with the feel of a really good episode of Heroes.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It should give us the willies, but it's willy-nilly.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
One long mistake from start to finish, this is a film that never gets its rhythms or bearing right.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Derek Elley - Variety
A confused jumble of parts in search of a whole.
Robert Koehler - Variety
A grubby cut-price sci-fi thriller.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
It's an ambitious attempt to shove the whole of a fairly complex comic book universe into a single messy and garish movie.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Suggestive of X-Men, The Matrix and the television show Heroes, Push is one of those time-mangling thrillers that manages to seem both complicated and superficial.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The film is blessed with a frenetic pace that simultaneously accomplishes two things: it keeps the energy level high while obfuscating some of the most obvious logical flaws in the plot's structure.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Director Paul McGuigan and screenwriter David Boula are content to rely on the usual suspects, taking their visual and dramatic cues from other, more clever and involving sci-fi capers.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
By the time the credits roll, your most fervent wish is to run into a 'wiper' (one who can erase memories).
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Times
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Hank Sartin - Time Out Chicago
Dave White - Movies.com
Push is an empty calorie extravaganza and demands a crooked concentration it doesn't earn to sufficiently piece this mess together.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Set and filmed on location in bustling Hong Kong, the tight urban street and winding alleyways suit the film perfectly, but this is not enough to save Push from the Oscar season garbage dump.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Light fixtures are the true stars in "Push," constantly reflecting, twinkling and popping. Its best moments are when guns levitate and fire themselves. When you don't even need actors to hold pistols, it's the ultimate in autopilot filmmaking.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
McGuigan's saving grace is a willingness to slow down and savour his own images. At best, a moody inconsequence takes over and confusion feels like part of the plan.
Jake Wilson - The Age (Australia)
Push is a chase film dolled up with supernatural powers and chintzy retro design motifs.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
The premise is promising all right, but it's a movie over-stuffed with talk and actors with a glazed look as though they too aren't sure of what they're doing.
Dean Essner - Courier Mail (Australia)
There isn't a single word in the English language that could justly convey the sheer stupidity, and impenetrable complexity, of Push.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
The most amazing thing about this by this idiotic sci-fi thriller is that the actors do not crack up when delivering their lines.
Rhiannon Sawyer - FILMINK (Australia)
Pushing ideas into other people's minds is what this sci-fi fantasy thriller is all about, and Paul McGuigan's film looks great. The cast is good too. But there's a problem. The story doesn't make sense
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
I was at first intrigued, and then bemused and confused.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
This entry in the superhero sweepstakes isn't without charm
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
A pleasant time-waster with non-abysmal performances and a few interesting concepts.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
The film is likable, but not lovable. All of the pushing can't compete with other sci-fi thrillers. Still, it's worth the ride if you keep an open mind for the unrealistic.
Clay Cane - BET.com
A movie I enjoyed watching with a huge smile on my face and will assuredly endure scorn for liking...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Dashes from genre to genre in search of a reason to exist.
Jeffrey Bloomer - Paste Magazine
...suffers from an uneven sensibility that essentially holds the viewer at arm's length virtually from start to finish.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Between the unwieldy load of back story and the painfully underdeveloped characters, this infelicitous combination of Jumper, X-Men and TV's Heroes manages to be dull and exhausting at the same time.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
A dull trudge, the sort of popcorn movie that gets released in February rather than during the summer holidays.
Edward Porter - Sunday Times (UK)
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Falls into the clumsy trap of being the presumptive first installment of a franchise.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Totally watchable, totally forgettable.
Jonathan Crocker - Little White Lies
The violence is incessant, the portentousness constant, the opacity rarely penetrated.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Director Paul McGuigan serves this up with a flashy swagger but there is no disguising the fact that it is an incomprehensible mess.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Makes viewers feel as if they're watching a movie from inside a spinning clothes dryer.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
an overheated stewpot of divisions, sects and subsects of extra-special, special and quasi-special mentalists, all running around like their pants are on fire ... maybe in search of a viable plot?
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
No amount of local colour and effects-heavy fisticuffs can save Paul McGuigan's film.
Neil Smith - thelondonpaper
Sci-fi hokum to give you a headache.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
It's fun teen stuff but wrecked by director Paul McGuigan's confusing use of constant flashbacks.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Kinetic and convincing, this uses a limited budget to thrilling effect, giving us a sort of X-Men-meets-Trainspotting twist. We hope a sequel follows this early promise.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Though ostensibly action sci-fi, McGuigan's film pushes the boundaries of genre, playing out its paranormal parameters like a game of multi-dimensional chess.
Anton Bitel - Film4
"What if nothing we did made any sense. Would that throw them off the scent?" Nick asks. You bet.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
Silliness rules the day: plot holes abound and are plugged with techno-pounding action sequences and more nonsensical guff. As a TV pilot, this might have worked; as a film, it's loud, confusing and inane.
Tom Huddlestone - Time Out
Stylishly silly but oddly cool all the same.
Mark Adams - Sunday Mirror [UK]
The lack of any convincing over-arching plot, the muddled use of alternating futures and squashed-together gaggle of wafer-thin characters renders the project a near complete failure when it comes to thrills and entertainment.
Alex Fletcher - Digital Spy
Why would a psychic 'tec need to sniff a toothbrush to locate its user? Does spearmint freshness have a spooky vibe?
Victor Olliver - Teletext
At no point do you care if these dough-eyed buffoons live or die.
Orlando Parfitt - IGN Movies UK
This obviously Heroes-inspired cash-in promises much but delivers very little, thanks to a confusing plot, uninspired direction, poor dialogue and a curiously lacklustre performance from the normally reliable Evans.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A movie so bland, it might as well have been filmed in Hounslow.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Director Paul McGuigan does his best, but this is just a slog that mistakes earnest detail for engaging narrative. Shove.
Dean Essner - Scotsman
Sloppily conceived but directed with flair, Push is bound to split the vote. Look closely and its disparate pieces fit clumsily together; step back and the overall effect has an undeniable allure.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
If the words "A bit like Jumper but not as good" strike fear into your heart then you might want to avoid this turgid superpower stinker.
Chris Prince - Sky Movies
Going to see this film doesn't make much sense. It's obviously been cynically conceived as a franchise starter, but abruptly flicking to the end credits seemingly mid-movie is not a good way to start one.
Jon Hamblin - SFX Magazine
British director McGuigan clearly hoped to make more than a dopey, effects-laden actioner. Unfortunately, he's made an uneven and pretentious one instead.
Neil Smith - Heat Magazine
A kick-ass soundtrack, sexy imagery, and the ghost of a narrative to string it all together.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Great ideas, rotten execution.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
... a rather bland and hard-to-follow knock off of the trendy Heroes/X-Men template.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Oh, to have my brain wiped of Push. The smell of desperation on the part of filmmakers to create their own superhero franchise is rancid.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
This would be sci-fi action-thriller feels like a failed television pilot... or better yet, a demo version for something that could be much better with a lot more production value and polish.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
Movers, pushers, shadowers - whatever! The script was insane and the characters were inane.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Paul McGuigan's jittery editing and shaky cameras make the action confusing rather than thrilling, and nothing can save this movie from the screenplay's nearly incomprehensible twists.
Hank Sartin - Time Out New York
If you want to see a movie about mutants with superpowers, watch any of the X-Men movies or the "Hellboy" movies or "Wanted," any of those six movies is far superior to this.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Except for the cast, 'Push' reminds me a little bit of last year's 'Jumper.'
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
This is the kind of film where nothing makes sense, it's one huge plot hole. And if that wasn't negative enough, it's witless, boring, shallow and too talky.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It's the kind of film you wish had no sound - perhaps the studio should have eliminated the dialogue and replaced it cue cards every few minutes like the silent films of old.
Michael Ferraro - Film Threat
Long on style, short on substance and logic, it's baffling and frenetic, defeated by its own chaotic cleverness.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Push is this year's Jumper. 'Nuff said.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Absolutely derivative, but nonetheless of interest.
Jeremy Heilman - MovieMartyr.com
'Push' suffers from a baffling script, but Dakota Fanning delivers a very watchable performance in this sci-fi thriller.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
In plot, it meanders. In character development, it implodes. In action, it plods. In effect, it numbs, but, alas, not quickly enough.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
It does the job it sets out to do: providing engaging entertainment centered around an interesting idea that it respects enough to think through properly.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
[D]isappointingly generic shoot-'em-up dressed up with a few paranormal frills...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
One of the better recent attempts at cashing in on the superhero film craze without having an actual comic book to adapt.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
You have to be clairvoyant to follow the particulars of this overly complicated, unconvincing thriller about folks with paranormal abilities.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A bargain basement melding of cliches from the X-Men franchise and TV's Heroes.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
You know a sci-fi script is in trouble when it spends the first five minutes narratively briefing you on its Byzantine plot -- and you're still not sure what's going on.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The best thing about the movie is that you can never predict exactly where it's going.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Belle... is blank as a page, and the intended romantic chemistry between her and Evans is never in evidence.
Christopher Orr - New Republic
I thought Hayden Christensen in last year's Jumper would be as bland a mutant as the screen would ever give us, but that was before I saw Chris Evans in Push.
Alonso Duralde - MSNBC
Sci-fi thriller has more style than story; some iffy stuff.
James Rocchi - Common Sense Media
Christopher Orr - The New Republic
It would take some pretty powerful mind control to convince audiences that Push is a winner.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Too much explanation, of the sort Cassie is inclined to provide, only slows down the nonsense Push is pushing.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Push has amazing special effects and production design, but that doesn't compensate for the messy, incoherent plot and lack of truly palpable Sci-fi thrills and excitement.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
When Push comes to shove, don't expect to care about any of it.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A better-than-average sci-fi thriller with genuine jolts and unexpected texture.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Cinematical
...your understanding of just what is happening will correspond to the amount of time you spend watching the Sci-Fi channel and TV shows such as Heroes.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
What really struck me more than the plot itself was McGuigan's amazing use of location and space; it feels as if this movie and these characters are really living in Hong Kong.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
With mediocre expectations going in, the flick's cleverness, great score and wicked fight scenes lead me to recommend this to anyone looking for a good time.
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
There are many problems with Push, and most are the usual boring things: unnecessary plot loops; long, dumb musical interludes; a charmless script; and ostentatious action sequences in which the only person excited is the cameraman.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
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Jim Judy - Screen It!
Push has an interesting premise, but it just doesn't manage to translate it into a great movie.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
It's like watching an X-Men movie that doesn't feature the leather costumes and which doesn't have enough in the way of requisite thrills or action to keep anyone interested in it for very long.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's not great, but it's a perfectly fine version of psychics on the run versus the bad guys.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Pure escapist fun.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Evans and 10,000 BC's Belle shuffle through a turgid romantic subplot, and though the two characters are very, very pretty, they've got the chemical spark of a banana.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
As a whole, Push feels unfinished, its ultimate destination accounting for nothing more than a shrug. There is a fair amount to like here, and just as much to resent for how much better it could have been.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Movies don't get more headache-inducing than Push.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Push is NBC's Heroes, if anything ever happened on Heroes besides oh so mysterious prophecies and a litany of excuses to avoid action sequences.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
The scenes focused on lukewarm dialogue outnumber the action scenes ten to one, giving the film a listless, low-energy vibe.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Imagine if the X-Men had spent most of their time sitting around talking about how they were going to fight Magneto instead of ever actually doing anything and you'll have a good sense of what is wrong with Push.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
An ambling, broody concoction along the lines of Strange Days.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
An unholy mixture of Heroes and Jumper...'What if nothing we did made any sense?' says the inept hero, apparently reciting the credo of the moviemakers.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The ending left me scratching my head, unsure of what had happened, but certain of one thing: The giant pile of loose ends means somebody intends to make a sequel.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
...a fun thriller that has a couple of tricks up it's sleeve.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Push falters not in trying to add its voice to the genre, it falters in not having anything compelling to say.
David Thomas - Filmcritic.com
Eventually buckling beneath the girth of its own mythology, Push ends with less a cliffhanger than really just a cliff.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Push is supremely elegant, even beautiful; you can get lost in the visuals even as the narrative implodes. If ever there were a triumph of style over substance, this is it.
Eugene Novikov - AMCtv.com
... delivers the requisite spectacle... but skimps on character and story.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A great premise is marred by disastrous execution in this disappointingly un-heroic take on the comic-book genre.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Even with all its idiosyncratic elements, Push feels like something we've seen before. Unfortunately, said memory is of something far more fascinating and definitely more engaging.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
A clutter of worn genre elements stitched together with superficial stylistics.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A harrowing mindbender which successfully blends elements of X-Men, The Matrix and Memento while adding some of its own unique sci-fi flava.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Engagingly photographed but dramatically inert.
Brent Simon - Screen International