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The Wachowski/Tykwer epic Cloud Atlas is finally here! After months of speculation, we can finally experience the novel live, on the big screen... but how good is the movie, according to the critics? Viewers so far have been very positive according to Metacritic (9.3/10) and Rotten Tomatoes (79%), but critics have been much harder on it with those same sites listing 52% and 59% approval respectively from top critics. Here's what some them had to say:

Loved It

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

Score: 4/4
Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made.

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San Francisco Chronicle (Mick LaSalle)

Score: 3/4
Enormous in length and scope, a film whose purpose doesn't even begin to come into focus until two hours in.

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Entertainment Weekly (Owen Gleiberman)

Score: B+
Cloud Atlas is a cornily enthralling sci-fi kaleidoscope.

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Thought it was just "okay"

New York Times (A.O. Scott)

Score: 3/5
This is by no means the best movie of the year, but it may be the most movie you can get for the price of a single ticket.

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Boston Globe (Ty Burr)

Score: 2.5/4
"Cloud Atlas" offers more answers than it does questions, and by the end of its nearly three-hour running time - which flies by surprisingly fast, all things considered - it feels like the most feverishly expensive late-night college bull session ever.

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Rolling Stone (Peter Travers)

Score: 2.5/4
For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected.

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Washington Post (Ann Hornaday)

Score: 2.5/4
"Cloud Atlas" deserves praise if only for not being the baggy, pretentious disaster it could have been in other hands.

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USA Today (Claudia Puig)

Score: 2.5/4
The cumulative effect is one of spectacle over substance.

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Hated It

Los Angeles Times (Kenneth Turan)

Score: 2/5
Finally, what sinks "Cloud Atlas" is not the largeness of its ambitions but the lack of skill it displays in terms of writing, directing and acting.

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Associated Press (Christy Lemire)

Score: 1.5/4
A bloated, pseudo-intellectual, self-indulgent slog through some notions that are really rather facile.

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New York Post (Kyle Smith)

Score: 1/4
It isn't as complicated as it thinks.

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New York Observer (Rex Reed)

Score: 1/4
A trash heap of rubber noses and implausible high school accents that give new meaning to the word "pretentious."

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Wikian Reviews

Now it's time for Wikians to review Cloud Atlas When you see it, post your thoughts in the comments or post your own blog! Let us know what you thought while experiencing it on the big screen!

Did Cloud Atlas meet all your expectations?

The poll was created at 16:41 on October 26, 2012, and so far 34 people voted.

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