The Adjustment Bureau Reviews

  • The age old quandary of human purpose, told with a modern twist, in screenwriter turned director George Nolfi's superb adaptation of Phillip K. Dick

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • It taps into your longing for the days when a sci-fi matrix could explain the world without making it a darker place.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Whether running or kissing or running and kissing (well, almost), Mr. Damon and Ms. Blunt turn romance into a palpable race.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This mind-meld of sci-fi thriller, morality play and passionate romance is worth seeing, mostly for the palpable chemistry between the lead actors.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A smart, stylish thriller that melds science fiction, romance and Hitchcock-ian intrigue with surprising ease.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Whether this movie works for you largely depends on whether you're willing to work for it. To which I say: Bring your gym clothes.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The so-called Plan is derailed!

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • Two movies for the price of one, though only one of them -- a fragmented romance within a ponderous parable -- qualifies as a bargain.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • A thoughtful and thought-provoking romance with a touch of the fantastic.

    Gary Dowell — Dallas Morning News

  • ...the over-explained softened edges of the story turn what could have been an exceptional brain-bender into a good, but fairly standard-issue heart-warmer.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • It's too bad that "The Adjustment Bureau" is so flimsy, because Dick, as always, had a provocative idea, a pointed query about the role of chance in our lives.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • "The Adjustment Bureau" is a smart and good movie that could have been a great one if it had a little more daring.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Nolfi's movie works on an interesting scale and a disarmingly gentle spirit, even though it's being sold as a hard-charging romantic thriller. I like it; I hope it finds an audience.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The premise is so mind-boggling and fraught with implications that it tends to obviate the action mechanics of the last couple reels.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A lively premise turned into an inert and uninsistent film by screenwriter and rookie director George Nolfi.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The film bristles with the sort of contrivances that could incite derisive snickers. Yet it moves with such brisk self-assurance that the chuckles arrive only at a few comedic rest stops.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's hard to imagine a more spectacularly silly film making it to theaters this year than The Adjustment Bureau.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The on-screen pairing of Matt Damon and Emily Blunt is so winning that you may be willing to overlook the oddly modulating tone of the story that brings them together and then tries to keep them apart.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Mr. Nolfi, who is also making his debut as a director, is another unfortunate Christopher Nolan wannabe, so the movie is a preposterous muddle that borrows heavily from Inception, without a single original idea.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Questions of predestination and free will are intriguingly posed and clunkily answered in The Adjustment Bureau.

    Justin Chang — Variety

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