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First Reviews for "Edge of Tomorrow": "This Is Why We Go to the Movies"

Photo of Sam Adams By Sam Adams | Criticwire May 22, 2014 at 8:14PM

Tom Cruise fights aliens one day at a time in the underbuzzed blockbuster.
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Edge of Tomorrow

First reviews of "Edge of Tomorrow," the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller that opens June 6, have hit the net, and the word is largely good and sometimes ecstatic, although even the film's fans foresee a dim theatrical future for the underbuzzed blockbuster. Good notices aren't usually what drive audiences to a summer tentpole, but in this case, it can't hurt. 

Reviews of "Edge of Tomorrow"

Drew Taylor, the Playlist

It's snappy and funny and violent and weird and sets the bar impossibly high for the rest of this year's summer movie crop. A witty, trippy, emotionally engaging, impressively strange movie, an outrageously fun thriller that sees the biggest actor of our age come back to vibrant life in a film that allows him to lose the mask and remind us all why he was a movie star in the first place. It's a razzle-dazzle triumph, and one we can't wait to experience again and again and again.

Justin Chang, Variety

This enjoyably gimmicky entertainment is not only one of Cruise's better recent efforts, it’s also arguably the most purely pleasurable film Doug Liman has directed in the 12 years since "The Bourne Identity."

Kristy Puchko, Cinema Blend

The movie positively pulses with adrenaline, reflected in its powerful performances, clever cuts and its fluid yet exhilarating cinematography that weaves around heroes, explosions, and spiraling space monsters. "Edge of Tomorrow" will leave you breathless and grinning. Simply put, this is why we go to the movies. 

Scott Mendelson, Forbes

A delightfully entertaining and amusing romp under the guise of a very serious science-fiction action epic. It is almost refreshing to see how much fun director Liman and writers Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Christopher McQuarrie wring out of the film’s deceptively simple premise.

Stefan Pape, Hey U Guys

An unadulterated, captivating thriller, which revels in being such unreservedly good fun. From the very start, right through to the bitter end, this maintains its fast pace, resulting in a compelling picture that offers little respite to the viewer. 

Jack Giroux, Film School Rejects

Liman's movie moves fast, and not only because it has a ton of set pieces, but also a sharp sense of humor. It’s obvious what jokes McQuarrie wrote, because his voice is unquestionably present in the film. His sly style adds more character to an already energetic, propulsive, and charismatic summer blockbuster. This is exactly the kind of movie that the summers needs more of.

Germain Lussier, Slashfilm

"Edge of Tomorrow" is a Gold Medal performance that stumbles on landing and gets the Silver. A valiant effort that’s well worth your time, but it ever so slightly, and disappointingly, misses top level status.

Mark Adams, Screen International

The film comes close to running out of steam as its need for re-invention weighs heavily as it hits the last third, but as it spirals towards an action-packed climax in the levels beneath the Louvre in Paris it regains its energy and ends up an nicely assembled sci-fi film that is breezily exciting of never intellectually challenging.

Alonso Duralde, the Wrap

If there's anything disappointing about the film, it involves the ending; it's a defensible one, but everything leading up to it fooled me into expecting something smarter or more daring. Ultimately, though, "Edge of Tomorrow" feels sharper and more clever than it might have been in other hands, and for a big summer star vehicle, that's surprise enough.

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter

Although the humor helps, the "Groundhog Day"-like repetition gets tedious; it makes you feel more like a hamster than a groundhog -- or rather a hamster's wheel, going round and round, over and over again.

Gabe Toro, the Playlist

A generic programmer that has absolutely no reason to exist beyond pushing the brand of Tom Cruise, Still Youthful 50-Year-Old Action Hero. Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity") delivers a competent, workmanlike vision that provides a few early cheap thrills, but by the literally and figuratively soggy third act, you get the sense that everyone is just punching the clock.

This article is related to: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Doug Liman


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