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:
Surely this is one of the most ambitious films ever made.
Enormous in length and scope, a film whose purpose doesn't even begin to come into focus until two hours in.
Cloud Atlas is a cornily enthralling sci-fi kaleidoscope.
Thought it was just "okay"
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.
"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.
For all the spectacular settings and visionary designs, Cloud Atlas left me feeling disconnected.
"Cloud Atlas" deserves praise if only for not being the baggy, pretentious disaster it could have been in other hands.
The cumulative effect is one of spectacle over substance.
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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.
A bloated, pseudo-intellectual, self-indulgent slog through some notions that are really rather facile.
It isn't as complicated as it thinks.
A trash heap of rubber noses and implausible high school accents that give new meaning to the word "pretentious."
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